LGBT Adoption Is Under Attack — Again

Couples of the same gender are much more likely to adopt and foster kids than the general population. But LGBTQ families may soon have a harder time doing so.

Congress just advanced a bill with a rider that would let adoption agencies and state-run foster programs†continue to receive federal funds if they discriminate against LGBTQ parents because of their religious†beliefs. As Kevin Matthews recently noted on Care2, this kind of law is unpopular on its own, so Republican Rep.†Robert Aderholt sneakily attached it to a funding bill for government social programs.

Same-sex couples†nationwide have only been allowed to†adopt kids for a few years. Passing marriage equality†on a federal level helped, but some states held on to LGBTQ†adoption bans until the Supreme Court†struck down a Mississippi law in 2016.

So, why are we having the same conversation again today?

The Trump administration has†repeatedly proved itself hostile to LGBTQ rights.†Hate crimes†and speech persist, especially as bigoted people push back against newfound visibility†of LGBTQ folks.

The so-called Aderholt Amendment†continues a long tradition of justifying discrimination under the guise of religious freedom.

As the Washington†Post notes, so-called religious freedom laws have been on the books for decades. Vice President Mike Pence came under fire for the policies he pushed as the former governor of Indiana, but the United States started spelling out protections†to guarantee citizens their First Amendment “free exercise of religion” in the 1960s.

At that time, the Supreme Court found that a woman should†still get unemployment benefits after she was fired for not working on Saturdays because her faith prohibited it.

Religious groups’ control over laws has varied ever since. In 1993,†Congress passed the†Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which made it easier to challenge laws based on religious reasons.

Some landlords tried to use the law to justify not renting to unmarried couples, for instance. Courts eventually struck down the act, and attempts to replace it on a federal level failed.

States maintained similar laws, but they†were rarely enforced until recently.

In 2014, the Supreme Court ruled that religious-run businesses like Hobby Lobby could deny workers insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act. A handful of states passed new “religious freedom” laws in response.

More recently,†a homophobic Colorado baker†won†a case†in which he refused to†bake a cake for a same-sex wedding. It’s time to end this kind of discrimination.

Take Action!

In short, religious arguments to discriminate are nothing new. Let’s stop this most recent attempt by signing this Care2 petition to stop federal money from going to anti-LGBTQ adoption agencies.

Creating a Care2 petition is easy. If you have an issue you care deeply about, why not start your own petition? Here are†some guidelines to help you get started†and soon the Care2 community will be signing up to support you.

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