LGBTIQ organisations have condemned the Trump administration’s decision to give federal funds to adoption agencies that discriminate against gay couples.
Last week the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new proposed guidance that would remove a requirement that adoption and foster care agencies “must treat as valid the marriages of same-sex couples”.
The same proposed changes would also remove non-discrimination rules introduced by the Obama administration, which state that people should not be denied HHS services “based on age, disability, sex, race, colour, national origin, religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation”.
Tom Perez and Earl Fowlkes of the Democratic National Committee said: “The rules proposed by the Trump administration would roll back progress made under President Obama and pave the way for children to be denied loving homes and families.
“More than 100,000 children are awaiting adoption, and this move only reduces the number of families able to adopt them.”
Sharon McGowan of LGBTIQ legal non-profit Lambda Legal said the Trump administration was acting with “utter disregard for the rule of law” by moving to immediately axe provisions.
“HHS is charged with protecting the health and wellbeing of all people, but its actions today demonstrate once again its complete disregard for its mission,” McGowan said.
“Today’s proposed rule… puts at risk some of the most vulnerable members of our communities, including LGBT people who are poor or experiencing homelessness; LGBT seniors and LGBT youth in out-of-home care, including foster children in need of loving families, people living with HIV, and many others,” McGowan said.
Alphonso David of Human Rights Campaign spoke out against the proposal saying: “It is unconscionable that the Trump-Pence administration would prioritise advancing discrimination over the wellbeing of vulnerable people and expect taxpayers to foot the bill for their discriminatory policies.”