Leading child welfare advocates endorse the freedom to marry in New Mexico

Posted on December 10, 2013

Child Welfare (1)Our campaign to secure and defend the freedom to marry for all New Mexicans just received a big boost! Today, New Mexico’s leading child welfare advocates are speaking out in support of marriage equality, noting that extending marriage to same-sex couples is what’s best for children and families across the state.

Supporting organizations include the New Mexico Pediatric Society, the New Mexico Psychological Association, and the New Mexico chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. The organizations stand in agreement with the American Psychological Association, which has concluded that same-sex couples are just as capable to raise healthy children and build strong families.

“The scientific evidence and the ethical principles of our profession, taken together, support the notion of no longer withholding the right to marry from same-sex couples. We support full marriage equality for gay and lesbian people,” said Susan B. Cave, PhD, NMPA President.

The New Mexico Psychological Association is the primary professional organization for psychologists in New Mexico with 280 members, and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association. The New Mexico chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) was established in 1955 and has over 1,000 members statewide.

“The future of our society is entirely dependent on the quality of protective environments families offer our children today,” said Patrick Tyrrell of New Mexico Chapter of the NASW.  “Marriage equality helps ensure all New Mexican children receive this essential support and care.”

Citing child welfare and their commitment to supporting what is best for children, the New Mexico Pediatric Society announced their support for marriage equality.

“Granting marriage equality is the right thing to do for New Mexico’s children and will strengthen and protect families who have lacked legal recognition for too long,” said Dr. Alexandra Cvijanovich, president of New Mexico Pediatric Society. “As pediatricians, we see how supportive parents – whether gay or straight – positively impact the development of their children.  And there is no question that when their parents can marry, children are more protected legally and socially.”

Thanks to these organizations for standing with the majority of New Mexicans who believe that in our state, freedom means freedom for everyone! You can help move marriage forward, too — just CLICK HERE to volunteer and help grow our historic campaign.