Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to Introduce Federal Gay Adoption Bill

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced plans to introduce legislation prohibiting discrimination against gay couples looking to adopt, the Washington Blade reports:

GillibrandThe legislation, known as the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, would restrict federal funds for public child welfare agencies if they have laws or practices allowing for discrimination in adoption on the basis of marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill would also prohibit discrimination against LGBT children seeking families.

Gillibrand emphasized the importance of the legislation on Tuesday during a news conference on Capitol Hill as a means to ensure LGBT families seeking to adopt can do so without fear of anti-gay bias.

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) are sheperding the bill in the House.

Gillibrand tells the Blade she's now working on co-sponsors and will attempt to pass the bill this year.

As noted by The Huffington Post, one potential supporter for the legislation in the House could be Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who said during a town hall that he supports adoption rights for gay couples, although he continues to oppose same-sex marriage.

“I do believe that if there are children who are orphans who do have a loving person or couple — I think if a person wants to love and raise a child they ought to be able to do that. Period. I would vote that way,” Ryan said.

Ryan’s office didn’t immediately respond to the Blade’s request to comment on whether he’d support the Every Child Deserves a Family Act.


  1. JONES says

    Absolutely LOVE Kirsten.

    She has long been a fierce advocate for equality.
    Would love to see her align with Hillary for a 2016 ticket.

    Haven’t a clue what kind of legislative support this bill would garner at this moment but I’ll gladly volunteer any way I can to support it.

  2. Jay says

    I hope the rumors are true and she ends up running for President. She’ll have a better shot that VP Biden.

  3. Jay says

    @JONES Yeah there wont be an all women ticket, that’s for sure. Hillary looks tired, I think it is time for her to enjoy her life and her family.

  4. Francis #1 says

    Kirsten is amazing. Love her so much.

    Unfortunately, the House won’t pass LGBT-inclusive bills so I don’t see this going anywhere.

  5. Kevin says

    Keep in mind Harold Ford Jr. wanted to try and run in NY for her seat back in 2010.
    Thank goodness we got her,having met Ford Jr,he would have been no ally of ours.

  6. JONES says

    Never give up hope. One hardly knows what will happen in the next few years, and Hillary hasn’t said no yet.

    A Clinton-Gillibrand ticket would be so awesome.

    Harold Ford, Jr running for a NY seat was a monumental waste of effort. I still recall some of his stump speeches and talking head show appearances.

    The House is the sticking point. That’s where our efforts can help, emails, phone calls, letters to our reps. Getting more Republicans on board will be critical. It’s part of the battle we have to be willing to take on.

  7. Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui says

    Democrats once again live up to their past. Just as the Slave Masters of the Colonial South viewed Blacks, Democrats today, with proclaiming an unborn child’s life as being a “choice” of the mother, and gay couples with money having a right to own children, the message is clear; Children, like Blacks in the Colonial South, are less than human, having no Natural Rights, capable of being bought and sold like a piece of fine furniture, having no right to be raised by a mother and father, and vulnerable to being murdered by the “owner”. The Slave Masters of the Colonial South used their rationale to protect their own selfish desires, just as abortions, and the approbation of gay adoption protect today’s Slave Master’s own selfish sexual desires.

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