Texas Bill Would Give Adoption Agencies License to Discriminate
Live in Texas? Your representatives need to hear from you.
A bill is pending in the Longhorn State that would allow adoption agencies, whether private or public, to discriminate against potential clients on religious grounds. This is not only bad news for LGBTQ families, but also for the 22,000 Texas children currently waiting for placement.
The grossly misnamed “Freedom to Serve Children Act,” introduced by Republican James Frank as House Bill 3859, would allow private and state-funded welfare agencies to deny services based upon “sincerely held religious beliefs.” Critics of the bill fear it will allow agencies to refuse placement of a child for no other reason than a prospective parent’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
The bill is just the latest in a rash of “religious freedom” initiatives being introduced in states across the country. Five states have already passed similar “religious freedom” laws. According to the ACLU of Texas, HB 3859 is one of 17 bills filed in the legislature so far this year that “would allow government officials, private individuals and businesses to discriminate against LGBT people in virtually all aspects of their lives."
But in an interview with CNN, Terri Burke, the Executive Director of ACLU Texas, said HS 3859 is just about as “limiting of a bill” that she’d seen. “We simply cannot afford to turn away any loving families who are willing and able to welcome vulnerable children into their homes,” the organization said in a statement.
Live in Texas? Give your representative a call; the bill may be up for a vote later today. The Human Rights Campaign has made it easy to contact your representatives: Text HB3859 to 30644 be connected to your rep, and tell them to vote NO on this discriminatory legislation.
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Guest post from Greg Hutch.
It's two weeks before school starts and I am sitting in my classroom updating the photos in the frames on my desk. These frames used to be filled with pictures of my dogs, of me playing my instrument (I am a music teacher), or of the various other things that I have enjoyed in my lifetime. Today, they are filled with loving pictures of my family, including my son and partner who I raise him with. Times sure have changed…thanks to our son, Clark.
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Happy gay uncles day to all the wonderful "guncles" out there! Here at Gays With Kids we know how important your roles are within our families so we want to celebrate you today, and say a big thanks! Enjoy this collection of "guncle" photos and a few words of wisdom and contemplations from the uncles themselves.
Two years ago when Oliver arrived into our lives, my partner Rob and I were living in separate countries. We met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and had Oliver when Rob was working in Bangkok and I was in KL. Oliver arrived two weeks early when we received an unexpected message from our agent saying to go to the hospital – our surrogate had been checked into hospital.
The day began like any other. My alarm went off at 4.30am. I snoozed until 5am. I ate breakfast until 5.30am, at which point my son, Felix, woke naturally like clockwork. I fed him mashed bananas, cashew butter and chia seeds. I woke my dad up with a cup of tea and handed the baton over for him to look after Felix as I left for work on my bike at 6.30am. I worked through the day as normal. Then, at 6.49pm I received a call from the police.