The Trump administration has rolled out a proposed a rule to let faith-based foster care and adoption agencies continue getting taxpayer funding even if they exclude LGBT families and others from their services based on religious beliefs.
The Associated Press reported Friday that the White House asserts the Department of Health and Human Services rule is needed to remove barriers that prevent some nonprofits from helping vulnerable people in their communities.
And though faith-based groups hailed the proposed rule — including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Family Research Council, a conservative advocacy group — LGBT advocates rebuked the proposed change to the Obama-era regulation, The Hill reported.
Lambda Legal called it “taxpayer-funded discrimination.”
“The impact of this rule is enormous. One group that will be significantly harmed by this is kids in foster care,” the group tweeted.
“When qualified families are turned away from fostering because they are #LGBTQ or the ‘wrong’ religion, kids lose out on loving homes.”
Julie Kruse, the director of federal policy at Family Equality, lamented the rule would limit the “pool of loving homes available to America’s 440,000 foster children.”
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., also lashed out, telling the AP the Trump administration was relentlessly trying to “implement cruel and discriminatory policies, and wasting taxpayer dollars in its obsessive pursuit.”
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