In 2022, it is still legal to discriminate in adoption processes based on sexual orientation or gender identity in 15 states. Red states still allow discrimination against parents eager to adopt, simply because they are not straight. This is outrageous and hypocritical, considering that some Republicans supported the overruling of Roe v. Wade. It’s time that Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Texas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Florida explicitly protect LGBTQ+ couples from discrimination.

LGBTQ+ rights remain under attack in many states. A recent study found that “more than 1 in 3 LGBTQ Americans faced discrimination of some sort in the past year” especially in relation to healthcare. Furthermore, LGBTQ+ individuals still lack federal protections in realms such as housing, credit, and public accommodations in many places. There are 27 states without explicit nondiscrimination protections and two other states only have some nondiscrimination protections.

Source: Human Rights Watch/Youtube

Given the awful Roe v. Wade ruling, we will inevitably see a rise in the number of children up for adoption, and no parent should ever be disqualified because of who they love. Sign this petition to demand all remaining states who have no explicit protection against discrimination in adoption based on sexual orientation or gender identity immediately pass laws protecting LGBTQ+ individuals’ and couples’ right to adopt!

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