GOP colleagues spurn adoption rule request

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November 7, 2019 - 10:17 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Congressional Republicans from Kansas have rejected a request from the delegation’s lone Democrat that they join her in opposing a federal policy that allows faith-based adoption agencies to get taxpayer funding even if they turn away same-sex couples.

Rep. Sharice Davids sent a letter Tuesday asking GOP colleagues to use their relationships with President Donald Trump to help reverse the policy. It rolls back a regulation from former President Barak Obama’s term barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Davids is among nine LGBTQ members of Congress.

“As a member of the LGBTQ community myself, I cannot overstate the material harm this proposed rule would do. Preventing qualified, capable, and loving parents from fostering or adopting children in need of a home based on the parents’ sexual orientation or gender identity is cruel and baseless,” Davids wrote.

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