Urge your member of Congress to co-sponsor anti-discrimination bill

Please ask your member of Congress to co-sponsor an anti-discrimination bill that addresses a problem created by a recent misguided Supreme Court ruling.

The Every Child Deserves a Family Act (HR 3488/S 1848) would prohibit any child welfare agency receiving federal financial assistance from discriminating against a potential foster or adoptive family on the basis of religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status. In addition, it would prevent discrimination against foster youth because of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Some states bar lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals or same-sex couples from serving as adoptive or foster parents, and many public child welfare agencies still discriminate against qualified, licensed LGBTQ foster and adoptive families.

The bill would prevent these taxpayer-funded child welfare agencies from engaging in such discrimination by allowing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to withhold federal funding if evidence indicates that such discrimination is occurring.

Please press the “Take Action” button below to contact your representative and feel free to use our talking points as well as personalize your own.

Talking Points

Please co-sponsor the bipartisan John Lewis Every Child Deserves a Family Act (S 1848/ HR 3488), which ends discrimination in adoption and foster care based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion and marital status and opens up more loving, supporting homes to the more than 400,000 youth in care. Federal taxes should never be used to discriminate, and discriminatory child placement agencies should not be eligible for federal contracts.

If you are already a co-sponsor of this bill, thank you for your support and please urge your colleagues to support it as well.


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