Marriage Rights for Homosexual Couples: Not the Best for Children

Critique of AAP Special Report – Letter to the Editor

A report commissioned by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and published in the July 2006 issue of Pediatrics* presents a case for granting full marital rights and privileges to domestic partnerships and homosexual couples.

A Letter to the Editor by members of the Board of the American College of Pediatricians and published in the November 2006 issue of Pediatrics critiques the AAP position. View the Letter, click here.

*Pediatrics Vol. 118 No. 1 July 2006, pp. 349-364

Quotation Errors in AAP Report

A significant portion of the July 2006 Special Report of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is not original work. In February 2002, the AAP released a policy statement, titled “Coparent or second-parent adoption by same-sex parents,” and published in Pediatrics*. This policy, which advocates for homosexual adoption and parenting, was supported by an accompanying Technical Report. An analysis by Dr. Sharon Quick** revealed that over half of the references in this Technical Report were inaccurately quoted. These errors were compounded when large portions from the 2002 Technical Report were copied into the section of the July 2006 Special Report addressing psychosocial characteristics of same-sex parenting; some of the same quotation errors were replicated. In addition, a lack of attention to the quality of studies reviewed in this Special Report is apparent.

Dr. Quick compiled her analysis exposing these flaws in a commentary, titled “Replication of Quotation Errors,” and submitted it to Pediatrics for posting in the Post-Publication Peer Review (P3R) section of the Pediatrics website. It was initially accepted and posted on November 10, but when Dr. Quick noticed an error in a website address in the endnotes she asked that it be replaced by a corrected version. Since its removal, Pediatrics has refused to repost the commentary. To read Dr. Quick’s analysis, click on the title below for an Adobe PDF copy.

Replication of Quotation Errors

*Pediatrics Vol. 109 No. 2 February 2002, pp. 339-340; Technical Report pp. 341-344.

**Dr. Sharon Quick is a pediatric anesthesiologist/critical care physician, currently retired from clinical practice for health reasons. She was formerly Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Washington, with a staff position at the Children’s Hospital of Seattle. Currently, she is the Washington State Coordinator for the American Academy of Medical Ethics. She has a special interest in accuracy in referencing and scientific reporting.