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Republicans Mike Enzi And Mike Kelly Introduce Anti-Gay Adoption Bill

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New legislation introduced last week aims to allow adoption and foster care providers to refuse service on the basis of the organization’s religious objections, reports Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

Introduced by Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA), bill S. 2706/H.R. 5285 would allow adoption or foster care providers to deny service to heterosexual couples of a different faith, single parents and LGBTI couples.

In a statement, Ellen Kahn, Director of the HRC Foundation’s Children, Youth, and Families Program, said:

“If this bill passes, an Evangelical straight couple, a single father, or a committed and loving gay and lesbian couple could find their path to adoption blocked for no reasonable reason other than naked discrimination.

"Taxpayer funds should not be used to discriminate, and too many children need loving families right now for our elected officials to be playing these kinds dangerous political games. This bill has nothing to do with faith, and it must be condemned.”

President Obama recently signed an executive order banning federally-funded organizations from discriminating against LGBTI people.

Last week, it was announced that Democratic House Representative Jared Polis is preparing to initiate a discharge petition for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a means of bringing a bill directly to the floor without consideration from committee or direct input from the House leadership.

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  1. Yeah, because President Obama will sign that one. Just another example of the grossest form of political grandstanding by Republican bigots.

    Posted by: David | Aug 2, 2014 2:19:24 PM

  2. This beggars belief, oh wait, they're Republicans.

    Posted by: Bollox | Aug 2, 2014 2:21:32 PM

  3. The supremes are going to have to close the lid on the pandora's box they irresponsibly cracked open with the hobby lobby decision. This will turn into frankenstein's monster if they don't. Catholic hospitals will be back to arguing that they don't have to let gay people see their spouses.

    Posted by: woody | Aug 2, 2014 2:27:13 PM

  4. WTF are LGBTI couples?

    Posted by: Dennis | Aug 2, 2014 2:31:46 PM

  5. Old white men make the best decisions.

    Posted by: Tom | Aug 2, 2014 2:38:02 PM

  6. I firmly believe that anti-gay people should not be allowed to adopt. After all, there's no guarantee that the child they're adopting is cisgender and heterosexual. "Will you embrace and accept this baby, as it grows up, if it's LGB or T?" anything other than an emphatic "YES OF COURSE" should disqualify you from being allowed to legally adopt.

    it's bad enough when folks ruin the lives of their own biological children, but when a child is HANDED to an unrepentant bigot? SHAMEFUL.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 2, 2014 3:01:49 PM

  7. Just drop off all the kids who wouldn't be placed with LGBTs at Mike Enzi and Kelly's houses. They should pick up all the slack. Bet their huge houses on multiple properties could accommodate. Clearly they have the time, since they have the time for anti-gay bulls***.

    Posted by: Patterner | Aug 2, 2014 3:07:10 PM

  8. I wonder how many children these two have adopted or fostered?

    Posted by: Michael | Aug 2, 2014 3:13:35 PM

  9. Who the eft is Dennis? I thought my name was Rick. This is so confusing.

    Posted by: Dennis | Aug 2, 2014 3:40:40 PM

  10. As usual, the Republicans come with another unnecessary, illogical, irrational and hateful bill that is basically an anti-gay bill, but they somehow dragged in straight couples and single folks... What is the purpose of this bill???!?!? NONE!

    Posted by: Bernie | Aug 2, 2014 6:13:23 PM

  11. At last a law that would keep these poor kids out of the hands of Baptists.

    Posted by: Terry | Aug 2, 2014 7:31:55 PM

  12. Republicans - not doing a damn thing that actually matters and needs to be done to bene this country. Instead they do crap like this. They're a really sad group of people.

    Posted by: Honesty | Aug 2, 2014 7:33:49 PM

  13. "HATE" Party of 2...Calling the "HATE" Party of 2.

    Posted by: Jim | Aug 2, 2014 9:58:54 PM

  14. Hate-filled, out-of-touch legislation proposed by two 70-year-old and 66-year-old white men, to which I say: 1) Think of the Children, 2) WWJD? and 3) VOTE! This waste of time and money is just another governmental abomination.

    Posted by: BrianNow | Aug 3, 2014 1:20:11 AM

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