WASHINGTON — A Republican lawmaker from Puerto Rico has joined with a Democratic representative from Georgia to reintroduce a bill that that would prohibit foster and adoption agencies that receive federal funds from declining to place children in homosexual or single parent households.
“No child or youth involved with child welfare services, family, or individual shall, on the grounds of religion, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), or marital status, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in the administration or provision of child welfare programs and services by a covered entity receiving federal financial assistance,” reads the “Every Child Deserves a Family Act.”
Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga,, and Rep. Jenniffer González-Colón, R-Puerto Rico, released a statement earlier this month suggesting that it is wrong for foster care and adoption agencies to place children only with a mother and father or with Christians.
“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,” Lewis said.
“We are failing a full generation in the early stages of their lives, since we are unable to provide them with the necessary tools that will set the base for their future actions or decisions by denying them the love of a family by mere prejudices and lack of understanding of that love that has no barriers imposed by society,” González-Colón opined.
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