Health And Human Services Plans To Revoke LGBTQ Adoption Rules
The Department of Health and Human Services has proposed a rule that would let faith-based adoption groups exclude LGBTQ parents who want to adopt. This change would also mean that religious-affiliated organizations could continue to receive federal money even if the organizations refuse to work with LGBTQ families.
Republican Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma said in a statement, “I know a little bit about marriage and it’s supposed to be between a man and a woman, … All these things are going on, I know the far left is trying to change the world.” Meanwhile, on the other side of the aisle, Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon argued, “Our tax dollars shouldn’t be used to support discrimination.”
According to WGNO, there aren’t any federal laws that prevent discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community, and the proposed rule change would have the biggest impact on the child welfare and adoption system but would also apply to faith-based pre-schools and public health organizations that provide the community with STD testings.
An Obama administration rule withheld federal grants from adoption agencies who refused to place children with LGBTQ families; religious organizations like the Alliance Defending Freedom said the rule violates the religious freedom of faith-based providers.