House Committee Moves to Give Taxpayer-Funded Adoption Agencies a ‘License to Discriminate’

July 11, 2018 • 3:11 pm

WASHINGTON – In a 29 to 23 vote today, lawmakers in the House Appropriations Committee voted to amend the HHS appropriations bill to allow taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ families. The amendment would allow religiously affiliated adoption agencies to turn away prospective LGBTQ parents and, in so doing, deny vulnerable children loving, forever families. The amendment was introduced as a way of advancing provisions contained in the discriminatory, so-called “Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act”.

“Taxpayer dollars should never be used to promote discrimination against any American, LGBTQ or otherwise,” said Kasey Suffredini, President of Strategy at Freedom for All Americans. “It’s shocking to see some lawmakers willing to hurt not only LGBTQ Americans, but vulnerable children waiting for forever homes. This is just the latest example that discrimination against LGBTQ Americans is real, urgent, and a detriment to all Americans – and should be cured by federal, comprehensive protections as soon as possible.”

Nine states already have laws on the books that allow child welfare agencies receiving taxpayer funding to discriminate against LGBTQ youth and families – Alabama, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Virginia. Five of those bills have passed in the last two years. According to data from the Every Child Deserves a Family campaign, more than 21,000 youth were awaiting adoption in these states.

A hearing is scheduled for tomorrowJuly 12, in Dumont v. Lyon, a challenge to Michigan’s law that allows state-funded adoption agencies to cite religion as a reason for turning away foster parents or adoptive parents based on their sexual orientation.

Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people nationwide. Our work brings together Republicans and Democrats, businesses large and small, people of faith, and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally.

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