Tuesday, 15 May 2018 17:02

Kansas, Oklahoma, and Colorado debate bills to discriminate against LGBT parents

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Anti-LGBT legislations are under consideration in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Colorado. They would allow religiously affiliated child placement agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples seeking to adopt.

Three bills for the same purpose: to discriminate against LGBT parents and, as a result, against children lacking families.

  • In Kansas, HB 2481 would allow agencies to refuse to “participate in any placement of a child for foster care or adoption” if it “would violate such agency’s sincerely held religious beliefs.”
  • In Oklahoma, SP 1140 would use similar language that would discriminate prospective foster and adoptive parents based on “the agency’s written religious or moral convictions or policies.”
  • In Colorado, SB 241, also known as the Colorado Children First Act, would allow adoption or foster care agencies to deny LGBT couples from accepting or adopting children if this isn't consistent with sincere religious beliefs or the moral convictions of the agency.

"What makes this anti-LGBT bill particularly pernicious is that the children who bear the brunt of such laws are the children in the foster care system who are losing the families they so desperately need," he said. American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Leslie Cooper.

This year, as no law against our community has been passed, legislators and anti-LGBT groups are now pitifully attacking children.