Kiley Crossland

Kiley reports on marriage, family, and sexuality for WORLD Digital. Follow Kiley on Twitter @KileyCrossland.

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Born gay? Not necessarily, U.K. psychiatrists say

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 6/05/14, 10:51 am

The main professional psychiatry organization in the U.K. says same-sex attraction is not always cemented at birth and can change.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists, a London-based organization that represents over 15,000 psychiatrists, recently released a position statement reversing previous assertions that sexual orientation is determined only by biology, before birth.

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CDC: Children do best with two biological parents

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 5/16/14, 09:43 am

Two biological parents provide the safest environment for a child, according to a study released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics. The study is the first to look specifically at biological and non-biological parents, rather than married, cohabitating, or same-sex parents.

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U.S. officials press Congo to give adopted children exit papers

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 5/10/14, 09:30 am

Congress and Secretary of State John Kerry are trying to loosen a deadlock surrounding almost 500 stalled adoptions cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

Kerry’s visit to Africa last week included a private conversation with Congolese President Joseph Kabila. In a press conference afterwards, Kerry said he urged Kabila to lift the freeze on exit permits for children in the adoption process. 

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