Hearing that Republicans banned gay adoption? Whether you support it or hate it, you need to know that this rumor isn’t quite true. A new vote did set forth changes allowing private organizations to decide whether to adopt to gay couples, but it doesn’t ban the practice of gay adoption entirely. Here’s the facts.
• Republicans did manage to push through new legislation that protects federally-funded adoption agencies from being forced to adopt to LGBT parents. The legislation, which went through the House Appropriations Committee, does not ban gay adoption outright.
• Placing the decision back into the hands of those who make adoptions happen is smart. It effectively ensures birth parents and agencies maintain the freedom and the right to adhere to religion or faith, or even just personal belief systems.
• Previously, these agencies were not permitted to “discriminate” against any characteristic covered under the EEOC – race, sex, orientation, etc. This failed to consider the needs of Christian birth parents struggling to make one of the most difficult decisions possible.
• It’s important for adopting agencies to have the right to adhere to faith. Some members of the public expressed concerns over the fact that Christian adopters were turning to federal agencies to hand over their children, only to learn that their children were placed in questionable situations with gay parents who may or may not have been reliable, faithful guides.
• In true leftist fashion, LGBT activists decried the move, saying that it was discriminatory and accusatory. They believe the move is a first attempt to roll back gay marriage and “make America great again.” But this is, at best, jumping to conclusions; there’s no sign of such an appeal just yet.
• To help you understand, the next two sections will contain the most critical text within the new legislation.
• “(a) The Federal Government, and any State or local government that receives Federal funding for any program that provides child welfare services under part B or part E of title IV of the Social Security Act (and any subdivision, office, or department of such State), shall not discriminate or take an adverse action against a child welfare service provider on the basis that the provider has declined or will decline to provide, facilitate, or refer for a child welfare service that conflicts with, or under circumstances that conflict with, the provider’s sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions.”
• “(b) The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall withhold from a State or local government 15 percent of the Federal funds the State or local government receives for a program that provides child welfare services under part B or part E of title IV of the Social Security Act if the State or local government violates subsection (a) when administering or disbursing funds under such program.”
• As you can see, the idea that this is a gay ban is plainly ridiculous. It’s about American freedom, including freedom of religion and/or beliefs. You should never be forced to participate an anti-religious behavior that goes against your religion in the name of gay rights. Republicans get this and have sought to protect child welfare workers from the indignity of forced sin.