ACOG Committee Opinion No. 749 Summary: Marriage and Family Building Equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, and Gender Nonconforming Individuals

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Abstract

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reaffirms its support of unrestricted access to legal marriage for all adults. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists believes that no matter how a child comes into a family, all children and parents deserve equitable protections and access to available resources to maximize the health of that family unit. Obstetrician–gynecologists should recognize the diversity in parenting desires that exists in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and gender nonconforming communities and should take steps to ensure that clinical spaces are affirming and open to all patients, such that equitable and comprehensive, reproductive health care can meet the needs of these communities. This Committee Opinion is updated to include and capture a broader diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and gender nonconforming communities, and their desires surrounding family formation, including legal recognition and benefits, and additional support of the positive effect marriage equality has on physical, mental, and financial health.

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