Alabama Lawmakers Advance Anti-LGBT Adoption BillBy Adam Polaski • April 14, 2016 • 9:41 am
This morning, the Alabama House of Representatives is expected to consider House Bill 158, which advanced out of the House Health Committee yesterday, April 13. If signed into law, the measure – which is sponsored by state Rep. Rich Wingo (R-Tuscaloosa) – would allow taxpayer-funded adoption and foster agencies to use religion as an excuse to turn away capable and loving parents, including those who are LGBT.
Freedom for All Americans Executive Director Matt McTighe said today:
“No child should be denied the right to live in a loving and safe home, but that’s exactly what House Bill 158 does. Under this measure, taxpayer funded adoption and foster care agencies will have the legal ability to discriminate against loving and qualified parents, simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Allowing a child to have have a loving, safe and permanent family is what is best for every child. Alabama lawmakers must ensure every child has this right by stopping House Bill 158.”
The bill is part of a coordinated attack against LGBT Americans, where we have seen legislation like this advance in states across the country. This bill is particularly insidious, however – by carving out this religious exemption for adoption agencies and foster agencies, the Alabama Legislature is resorting to hurtful accusations that LGBT people are not fit parents. As we know from the hundreds of thousands of same-sex couples raising children in the United States, that idea simply could not be further from reality.