Don’t Ban Same-Sex Couples From Adopting Children

Target: Mr. Dennis Daugaard, Governor of South Carolina

Goal: Repeal law that allows adoption and foster care agencies to turn away same-sex couples.

Child placement agencies based in South Carolina are now authorized to deny fostering or adoption to same-sex couples. A law recently signed by Governor Dannis Daugaard allows any child placement agency in the state – including those receiving taxpayer money – to discriminate based on “any sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction.” In other words, adoption and foster care agencies may now turn away qualified individuals for reasons that have nothing to do with the well-being of children. This will result in more kids to be left behind without homes, families, care, and love.

A regular adoption process is extremely long, bureaucratic and emotionally intensive for the parents-to-be. With the approval of the law, same-sex couples in South Carolina will have an additional barrier. That is because they will have to rely on the willingness of adoption and foster care agencies and not solely on their merit and commitment to raise a child and offer him/her the prospects of a better life. Discrimination will be allowed as the state is now exempted from taking any action — in the form of taxes or penalties — against agencies that decide to turn away potential parents by claiming respect for values and principles. It is important to highlight that such a claim for respect for values and principles will also allow agencies to discriminate against single and divorced people, couples who engage in premarital sex, interfaith couples, and anyone else whose behavior or identity agencies do not approve.

More than 300 children are waiting for adoption in South Carolina, many of which have been removed from neglectful or abusive households with heterosexual couples. Governor Daugaard and state legislators are damaging their chances to find a flourishing home by imposing a distorted idea of religious liberty. The Catholic Social Services co-wrote and openly expressed an interest in the bill, but religious adoption agencies have never had problems to exercise their faith in South Carolina. Catholic child-placement agencies were not facing mounting lawsuits alleging discrimination, and they do not have the right to dictate their beliefs to other people. Their mission is to guarantee that children do not stay abandoned. This bill was motivated by nothing but a parochial and selfish desire to prevent LGBTQ people from fostering and adopting homeless kids. Sign the petition to have this law immediately repealed.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Daugaard,

I urge you to immediately repeal the recently approved SB 149, a South Carolinian legislation that allows any child-placement agency in the state – including those receiving taxpayer money – to discriminate based on “any sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction.” This law is a direct attack on LGBTQ people and opens a precedent that supports turning away any potential parent to whom agencies have a purported religious objection.

More than 300 children are waiting for adoption in South Carolina, many of which have been removed from neglectful or abusive households with heterosexual couples. Your decision is damaging these children’s chances to find a flourishing home by imposing a distorted idea of religious liberty. Do not let this restricted view prevail over the well-being of children.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Kurt Löwenstein Educational Center International Team from Germany

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One Comment

  1. TruthSeeker says:

    Why do so many same sex couples want to adopt children? In order to molest them? Hmm! I wonder? My child was molested by a person of the homosexual persuasion. Yes indeed! Why do child molesters become teachers, social workers, doctors, lawyers, judges, cops, priests, etc? Very very interesting. Why do killers become cops? Why do lawbreakers become cops? Do what you love, and can get away with. Aha!

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