Vice President Mike Pence, who has received backlash in the past for his attacks against the LGBTQ community, bragged this week over Donald Trump’s decision to allow adoption agencies to deny same-sex couples the right to adopt a child in need.
“We will stand for the freedom of religion and we will stand with faith-based organizations to support adoption,” Pence told supporters at a Health and Human Services event Tuesday, as he pounded his fists on the podium, to cheers.
“I couldn’t be more proud that at President Trump’s direction and with the strong support of leaders across foster care, adoption, and our faith communities, we’ve taken decisive action,” Pence bragged.
This will make finding homes for foster children even harder. And Pence is “proud” of that?
“More than 100,000 foster children are awaiting adoption, according to government data, but a constellation of religious agencies refuse to consider same-sex parents when placing these children,” NBC News reports. “Shortly before the end of his second term, President Barack Obama changed nondiscrimination rules governing adoption agencies to expand the definition of groups protected against discrimination to include LGBTQ people. Trump’s proposed rule change will undo that.”
Studies show that same-sex couples adopt at a higher rate than different-sex couples.
“A 2018 report from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law found that 1 in 5 of the estimated 114,000 same-sex couples raising children in the United States are raising adopted or foster children — significantly higher than the 3 percent of heterosexual couples doing so.”