Tell Congress: Protecting discrimination is NOT religious freedom

Congress has introduced a new bill known as the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, which would allow for adoption discrimination across the country under the guise of religious freedom.

Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) have introduced a new piece of legislation known as the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act in both the Senate and the House, which would allow for adoption or foster care providers to refuse service on the basis of their personal religious objections—the consequences of which would be immediate, random, broad and disastrous.

If the current form of this bill becomes law, it would entitle religiously affiliated adoption or foster care agencies to a vast display of discrimination against potential applicants based on sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status and religious affiliation.

For example, if a straight Christian couple sought to adopt from a non-Christian adoption agency, they could be denied.

If a single parent wanted to foster a child in need, they could be denied.

If a committed gay or lesbian couple wanted to expand their family, they could be denied.

Tell your member of Congress that you wholeheartedly disagree with this blatant endorsement of potential discrimination by taking action today. Send them a message to vote NO against S. 2706/H.R. 5285.

Letter:

Protecting discrimination is NOT religious freedom

Dear [Member of Congress], 

As a constituent and concerned citizen, I ask that you vote against the newly proposed bill S. 2706/H.R. 5285, otherwise known as the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, which would allow adoption or foster care providers to refuse service on the basis of their personal religious objections.

This detrimental piece of legislation opens the door for discrimination, inequality, and prejudice to nearly every citizen of our state. This would allow a religious adoption agency from a non-Christian faith to deny service to a straight, Christian couple. This law would also permit a single parent seeking to foster a child in need to be turned away. And of course, this law would also allow discrimination against committed and loving gay or lesbian couples.

This law would allow discrimination to influence adoption decisions at the expense of children in need. Child welfare agencies routinely make decisions about potential adoptive parents on a case-by-case basis, considering the unique needs of each child. Many states have taken proactive steps to prohibit discrimination in the adoption and foster care process, to ensure that all potential parents are fairly considered and that adoption decisions which serves the best interest of children. This legislation flies in the face of this accepted best practice and sacrifices the best interest of our most vulnerable children.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

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