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Pence Praises Rule that Would Let Adoption Agencies Exclude Gay Parents

During an event at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington on November 2019, Vice President Mike Pence praised a rule proposed by the Trump administration that would grant federal funding to adoption agencies that refuse to place children with LGBTQ families.

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Pence stated: “We’ve reversed the rule implemented in the closing days of the last administration that jeopardized the ability of faith-based providers to serve those in need by penalizing them for their deeply held religious beliefs… We will stand for the freedom of religion and we will stand with faith-based organizations to support adoption.”

According to a government report, more than 100,000 foster children are awaiting adoption, but a big percentage of religious agencies refuse to consider same-sex parents.

Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD, slammed Pence’s comments by saying, “Children should never be denied the opportunity to join a stable, loving family – even if that means the family is LGBTQ… Research has shown LGBTQ families provide the same kind of love, protection and support as other families, and no child should be denied that kind of environment.”

According to a report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, 1 in 5 of the estimated 114K same-sex couples in the United States are raising children that are either adopted or foster children, 3% higher than heterosexual couples.

Shoshana Goldberg, the lead author for this report, wrote, “Without these policies, a qualified population of prospective parents may not have equal access to government-funded child welfare agencies and services.”

The Trump administration’s proposal was praised by Catholic and evangelical organizations, as its main focus is to discriminate against LGBTQ people, based on these organizations’ religious beliefs.

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