House Committee Votes to Legally Allow Agencies to Refuse Gays and Lesbians from Adopting

A House committee has voted in favor of an amendment that would end taxpayer-funded adoption agencies from allowing gay- and lesbian-headed families from adoption children based on religious objections. The House Appropriations Committee passed the amendment when it cleared a funding bill for the Departments of Labor, Health, and Human Services and Education—cutting 15% of federal adoption funding to states and localities that penalize adoption agencies that “penalize adoption agencies that refuse to place children in families that conflict with the agency’s “sincerely held religious beliefs or convictions.”

The amendment passed along party lines with only one Republican voting against it: Rep. Scott Taylor.

“House Republicans are pandering to their far-right base at the expense of LGBTQ people and children in need of a home,” said Democratic National Committee (DNC) LGBTQ Media Director Lucas Acosta.

“Rather than focusing on empowering families or uniting children with their parents, Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee voted to give child welfare agencies a license to discriminate against qualified potential parents.”


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