AU And Allies Urge Congress To Reject Discriminatory Adoption Amendment.


Americans United joined hundreds of civil-rights and child-welfare organizations in late July to urge members of Congress to reject a proposal to allow federally funded adoption and foster-care agencies to use religion to discriminate against prospective parents and children in need.

Republican members of a congressional committee on July 11 tucked the discriminatory language into a routine spending bill for the Departments of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services. Known as the Aderholt amendment because it was introduced by U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) with support from U.S. Reps. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) and Tom Cole (R-Okla.), the provision permits child-welfare agencies that receive federal funding to cite their religious beliefs as justification for refusing to place children in need of stable homes with loving families because prospective parents are LGBTQ, single, previously divorced or don't practice an agency's designated religion.

The amendment would also allow agencies to deny assistance to kids in care. An agency could refuse to provide a foster home to an LGBTQ teen, provide necessary health care to a child who has been sexually...

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