Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer Signs Dangerous Anti-LGBTQ Child Welfare Bill, Latest in Disturbing Trend

By Adam Polaski • May 18, 2018 • 6:33 pm

Tonight, May 18 Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer signed into law the second anti-LGBTQ bill enacted this year. The new law allows child welfare agencies that receive taxpayer dollars and participate in government-supported child welfare services to discriminate against legally married same-sex couples and LGBTQ youth, among others.

Oklahoma’s governor signed a similarly discriminatory measure into law last week. The measures in each state illustrate a disturbing trend of anti-LGBTQ proposals that target the child welfare system.

Masen Davis, Freedom for All Americans’ Chief Executive Officer, said:

“This new law will hurt kids in Kansas who are in need of safe, loving homes. It’s dangerous and irresponsible to enact laws that will impact LGBTQ families and kids, and that prevent perfectly qualified same-sex couples and others from starting families. These types of laws have one purpose, and one purpose only: to advance discrimination against LGBTQ people, no matter the cost.”

Eight states already have laws on the books that allow child welfare agencies receiving taxpayer funding to discriminate against LGBTQ youth and families – Alabama, Michigan, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and now Kansas is the ninth with such a law. Three of those bills just passed last year, and Oklahoma’s was signed into law last week.

According to data from the Every Child Deserves a Family campaign, more than 21,000 youth were awaiting adoption in states with these discriminatory laws on the books in 2015.

We’ll continue to stand with LGBTQ advocates and families in Kansas to make the case that this dangerous and unnecessary law puts children in harm’s way and must be overturned without delay.

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