Alabama Governor Signs Anti-LGBT Adoption Bill into LawBy Adam Polaski • May 3, 2017 • 7:27 pm
Republican Governor Kay Ivey in Alabama signed House Bill 24 into law this afternoon. The new law allows taxpayer funded child placement agencies to discriminate against loving and qualified parents based on the agency’s moral or religious beliefs. The law was specifically introduced to allow agencies to refuse adoption and foster care services to qualified lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents.
Kasey Suffredini, Freedom for All Americans’ Chief Program Officer, released the following statement regarding HB 24:
“The first priority of lawmakers should be the safety and wellbeing of children, especially those who are in need of safe and loving homes. It is shameful that Gov. Ivey and lawmakers in Alabama would jeopardize those chances in order to advance discrimination against LGBT people.
Suffredini continued: “The fact remains that the vast majority of Americans believe that discrimination against LGBT people is wrong, and Freedom for All Americans will continue our efforts to ensure all families are protected from this type of discrimination.”
Governor Ivey’s signature makes this the fourth anti-LGBT bill signed into law in 2017, following a similar anti-LGBT adoption bill in South Dakota, an anti-LGBT bill targeting student organizations in Kentucky, and North Carolina’s terrible non-repeal of HB2.
We salute our friends at Equality Alabama for working hard to defeat the bill – and we continue to support and applaud their efforts to further LGBT equality across Alabama.