Allow LGBTQ Couples to Adopt

Target: William Ligon, Georgia State Republican Senator

Goal: Remove bill that discriminates against LGBTQ couples adopting.

New legislation in Georgia aims to keep LGBTQ couples from adopting. Last week, the Georgia Senate approved a bill that would allow adoption agencies to reject LGBTQ couples seeking to adopt based solely on their sexual orientation. This bill applies not only to private adoption agencies but also those that receive taxpayer funding. Those in support of the bill cited religious concerns. Those opposing the bill have stated that even if the discrimination is religiously based, the bill still constitutes state-sanctioned discrimination.

Senator William Ligon argued, “Just because you are a faith-based organization doesn’t mean you have to check your faith at the door and cannot participate in government programs.” Democratic Senator Nan Orrock opposed this view, saying that preceding with this legislation is a backwards attempt at discrimination that ultimately hurts the children who are hoping to be adopted or housed by families. She said, “This proposition that we should… protect agencies that are going to deny loving families the opportunity to adopt a child from our foster care system is just backward on its face.”

The US Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality in 2015, making it legal for LGTBQ couples to wed. This is just one of many state-level attempts to curb LGBTQ rights since marriage equality was passed. Sign this petition to urge Senator Ligon to work to remove the bill that discriminates against LGBTQ families seeking to adopt children from the Georgia foster care system.


Dear Senator Ligon,

Children in the foster care system are in need of loving, supportive parents and families. These characteristics—loving and supportive—are not limited to heterosexual couples. The bill that recently passed in the Georgia Senate to allow adoption agencies, both private and publicly funded, to refuse to work with couples based on their sexual orientation is not only discriminatory, but it also hurts the children in the foster care system who are looking for their forever homes.

I urge you to work to remove the bill that allows this discrimination. The screening process for couples and families that wish to adopt should be strict and thorough to ensure that the children are going to good homes. However, these screening processes should not equate someone’s sexual orientation with their ability to be a good parent.


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