Georgia lawmakers consider attack on LGBT adoptions

Add this share

UDPATE | The Senate Judiciary Committee approved an LGBT adoption ban in a 7-4 vote. 

LGBT activists warned late Thursday that a Georgia Senate committee is considering adding language to a bill that would allow adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBT parents.

The amendment was being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee as it debated House Bill 159. That measure, which has bipartisan support, modifies adoption laws in the state. 

The amendment mirrors a portion of a sweeping anti-LGBT measure that lawmakers passed last year. House Bill 757 was later vetoed by Gov. Nathan Deal. 

The Senate Judiciary Committee includes several anti-LGBT members – Sens. Hunter Hill, Greg Kirk and Josh McKoon – along with LGBT supporters Sens. Vincent Fort and Elena Parent. The panel is chaired by Sen. Jesse Stone (photo), one of 19 Republicans who sponsored a new “religious freedom” bill in February. 

Kirk sponsored anti-gay legislation last year that was morphed into HB 757. McKoon has been the public face of anti-LGBT “religious freedom” legislation for several years. 

Georgia Unites Against Discrimination urged supporters to contact Gov. Nathan Deal in an email late Thursday.

In a shameful act of political maneuvering, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee just tainted a good adoption bill (HB 159) by adding a blatantly discriminatory amendment that seeks to allow adoption agencies—even ones that receive public funding—to discriminate against same-sex couples and refuse to work with prospective LGBT parents.

The amendment to HB 159 doesn’t just seek to cast LGBT Georgians as second-class citizens. It does so at the expense of some of the most vulnerable people in our communities: Young people with no family to call their own.

The amendment quickly gained attention as the Judiciary Committee considered scores of bills on Thursday. Lawmakers have just five legislative days left before the session ends on March 30.





Project Q Atlanta goes on hiatus after 14 years

On Sept. 1, 2008, Project Q Atlanta promised a hyper-local “queer media diet” for Atlanta. The site set out to bring LGBTQ news, in-depth...

Photos catch Purple Dress Run invading Midtown

After three years of pandemic-inflicted limitations, Atlanta’s gay rugby squad let loose on one of its most popular events. The Atlanta Bucks Purple Dress...

Ooo Bearracuda: Photos from Bear Pride’s Main Event

The seventh annual Atlanta Bear Pride hit the ground running on Friday with packed houses at Woofs, Heretic and Future. Turned out, they hadn’t...

Atlanta Bear Pride set to go hard and long all weekend

That low, growing growl you hear is a nation of gay bears headed for Atlanta Bear Pride this weekend. By the time they arrive,...

PHOTOS: Armorettes bring back Easter Drag Race magic

Gay Atlanta’s queens of do-good drag brought the sunshine to a cloudy afternoon on Saturday when Heretic hosted the triumphant return of Armorettes Easter...