Sign the petition: Block anti-LGBTQ bigotry
Republicans and the bigoted extremists who prop up their Party are at war with the LGBTQ community.
They push in the courts to let businesses refuse to serve LGBTQ customers. They cheer when Trump abuses his power to ban transgender people from the military. And they try as hard as they can to pass legislation at the local, state and national levels that discriminates against LGBTQ people.
Their latest attack is the Aderholt Amendment, which was recently attached to the Labor and Health and Human Services appropriations bill. The amendment would give child welfare providers permission to discriminate against LGBTQ people in adoption and foster care services.1
Tell Congress: Block anti-LGBTQ bigotry. Block the Aderholt Amendment.
Under the guise of protecting religious freedom, the Aderholt Amendment would ban federal, state or local agencies from taking any kind of action against a child-welfare organization that uses its "religious beliefs or moral convictions" to refuse to work with or discriminate against LGBTQ people or families — or any other people whose life choices they condemn, including single women, divorced people, and interracial or interfaith couples.2 The amendment isn't just symbolic pandering to the religious right. It would actually let the Department of Health and Human Services take up to 15 percent of a state's foster-care funding if it took action to prevent discrimination in foster care or adoption services.
The Aderholt Amendment, and an identical stand-alone bill introduced last year in both houses of Congress, would disadvantage LGBTQ people seeking to become foster or adoptive parents. It would also have devastating consequences for LGBTQ children or children from LGBTQ families in the foster care system. Aderholt would license, without consequence or accountability, anti-LGBTQ bigotry in the subjective decisions child welfare providers make about when and how to remove a child from their home, the conditions under which parents can reunify with their children and the nature and frequency of support children receive.3
That means an agency could mandate conversion therapy, refuse to provide medical services for a transgender child in transition or place children in settings where their gender identity will not be respected. An agency could refuse on principle to let a child reunify with LGBTQ parents or be placed with LGBTQ relatives.4 Congress should be supporting families, not using bigotry to harm them. Can you add your name today?
Tell Congress: Block anti-LGBTQ bigotry.
Thank you for speaking out.
- Julie Moreau, "House Republicans advance adoption amendment critics say is 'anti-LGBTQ,'" NBC News, July 12, 2018.
- Heron Greenesmith, "No, a Proposed House Amendment Wouldn’t Ban Same-Sex Couples From Adopting—It’s Even Worse Than That," Rewire, July 16, 2018.