Reps.: John Lewis, a Democrat from Georgia and the main sponsor of legislation in the House since 2013, and Jenniffer González-Colón, a Republican from Puerto Rico, introduced the bill.
Similar legislation has been in Congress since 2009, introduced by Rep. Pete Stark from California.
“Too many children dream of a stable, loving family,” Lewis said in a press release. “Many adults want to open their homes and their hearts, but they also are facing more and more barriers, because some officials can say they practice the wrong religion, love the wrong person, or are not married. The Every Child Deserves a Family Act puts the happiness and well-being of our children front and center, engaging every possible match between solid families and children searching for a home. We must each do our part to ensure that every young person and capable, aspiring parents are able to enjoy the dream of a loving, stable family together.”
In many States, the placement or adoption of children is managed by private organizations and in most cases, there is no discrimination.
Nevertheless, we are seeing the emergence of religious organizations who want LGBTQ parents to be discriminated against.
This bill would “prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), and marital status in the administration and provision of child welfare services.”
The law would also allow LGBT youth to benefit from protection, especially when they faced conversion therapies.
This reintroduction of the Every Child Deserves a Family Act was welcomed.
“There are a foster care and adoption crisis in this country today, with over 442,000 children in care, and over 123,000 waiting to be adopted,” said Stan Sloan, CEO of the Family Equality Council, in a statement. “This crisis is compounded by discrimination, especially in 10 states which permit agencies to turn away qualified foster and adoptive parents. Passing the Every Child Deserves a Family Act will end this discrimination, and help ensure more children find the loving, forever homes they deserve.”
Finally, know that Democrat Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York will introduce a complementary bill into the Senate.
What are the chances of this Every Child Deserves a Family Act?
The House of Representatives has a democratic majority so one might think that the bill could be approved by the House, but the opposition will be more important in the Senate with a Republican majority.