Kirsten Gillibrand to introduce gay adoption protections bill

Sat. October 29, 2011 3:45 PM by Carlos Santoscoy

Washington, DC - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced on Friday that she would introduce a bill to bar discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people who want to adopt or become foster care parents.

Gillibrand said she would sponsor the Every Child Deserves a Family Act in the Senate.

If approved, the bill would ban federally-funded foster care and child adoption agencies from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

"New York is a leader on ensuring that any family can adopt children and sets a great example for the rest of the country," Gillibrand said in a statement. "By removing all barriers for LGBT families to serve as foster parents, New York State has increased its foster parent pool by 128,000 prospective parents. This legislation would open thousands of new foster and adoptive homes to children ensuring they are raised in loving families."

The proposed legislation is sponsored by California Rep. Pete Stark in the House.

"I applaud Senator Gillibrand for introducing the Every Child Deserves a Family Act in the Senate as we look forward to celebrating National Adoption Month in November," said Stark. "It is time to put the best interests of children first and remove all discriminatory barriers in our child welfare system."

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