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Medical and Scientific Organizations Support the Freedom to Marry

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Diverse group joins Minnesotans United coalition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jake Loesch, Communications Director
Phone: 763-218-4810

April 24, 2013 – Saint Paul, MN Today, some of the most respected organizations representing the scientific, medical, and research communities in Minnesota announced their support for the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. These groups represent a broad array of research driven groups who know that the freedom to marry is good for Minnesota families.

The American Academy of Pediatricians joined the coalition to pass the freedom to marry in January saying:

“The MNAAP played a key role in the coalition effort to defeat the proposed amendment to the Minnesota Constitution in 2012, and will continue to support the right of every child and family to the legal, financial, and psychosocial security that results from having legally recognized parents who are committed to each other and to the welfare of their children.”

“This is about treating all Minnesotans with the same respect and dignity anyone else would ask for,” added Bernadine Engeldorf, First Vice President of The Minnesota Nurses Association, which boasts over 20,000 members. “Our members see – on a daily basis – loving and committed same-sex couples who simply want their love recognized and have the ability to protect each other through sickness and in health. We support the freedom to marry because it is simply the right thing to do.”

The full list of Minnesota scientific, medical and research organizations that have announced their support of the freedom to marry for same-sex couples so far includes:

American Academy of Pediatrics- Minnesota Chapter

Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians

Minnesota Nurses Association

SEIU Healthcare Minnesota

Minnesota Psychological Association

Minnesota Society of Clinical Social Work

Mental Health Association of Minnesota

Rainbow Health Initiative

“The research and medical community have spoken,” said Campaign Manager Richard Carlbom, “Extending the freedom to marry to same-sex couples is not only the right thing to do, but it also necessary for supportive and stable households. It’s time for Minnesota to protect these families and pass this bill.”

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