Proposal Supporting Children AND Religious Liberty Advances


Dear Friend—An important legislative proposal in Congress supported by NOM has been adopted by a key committee in the House and is poised to be enacted soon. The provision protects the ability of faith-based foster care agencies to adopt out children to couples who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman. LGBT extremists have been angling to shut down religious based adoption agencies, preferring to promote their extreme political agenda over the best interests of children. The pro-adoption amendment was authored by Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Alabama) and was included in the funding bill for the Department of Health, Labor and Education.

This is a critical element of NOM's overall strategy to protect marriage supporters from discrimination by government simply because of a belief in marriage being the union of one man and one woman. Typically, the Left is going berserk over the victory for marriage supporters, falsely claiming that it allows "discrimination" against LGBT couples. But nothing in the legislative provision restricts the ability of LGBT couples to adopt children. To the contrary it was traditional marriage supporters who were being discriminated against by LGBT activists who sought to shut down any faith-based agency that, because of their religious beliefs, declined to adopt out children to same-sex couples.

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Rep. Aderholt, the author of the proposal, said the amendment would “encourage states to include all experienced and licensed child welfare agencies so that children are placed in caring, loving homes where they can thrive. We need more support for these families and children in crisis, not less.”

Sadly, the amendment was opposed by freshman Republican Scott Taylor of Virginia who, despite running as a conservative, stood with pro-gay extremists who desire to shut down religious charitable groups like Catholic Charities and Bethany Christian Services because these Christian groups adhere to their biblical faith principles that children are entitled to the love of both a mother and a father.

NOM has been working behind the scenes in Washington to support the adoption provision and encourage its adoption by Congress. Now that it is part of a critical funding bill for the Department of Health, Labor and Education, it will go to the full House of Representatives for consideration. NOM will urge the House to pass the provision.

This is a great victory for children, families and religious liberty. Please help us continue to fight for the rights of all marriage supporters in the adoption field and throughout society by making a generous financial contribution to NOM today.


Brian S Brown
Brian S. Brown

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