John Lewis leads effort to ban gay adoption bias

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Wherever Rep. John Lewis goes in gay Atlanta, he gets a standing ovation. Why? Stuff like this: The civil rights icon and Pride parade shuffle expert is leading the charge for a bill restricting federal funds for agencies that ban gay adoptions.

On Tuesday Lewis joined with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, along with Atlanta parents and partners Philip McAdoo and Sean Cavanaugh, during a press conference to lead the charge for the Every Child Deserves A Family Act. The legislation hasn't been introduced yet, but Lewis will serve as lead sponsor in the House.

“I’ve fought too long and too hard against discrimination of every kind not to serve as a champion for this bill,” Lewis said, according to the Washington Blade. “Foster children are innocent bystanders when troubled families crash and burn. The foster care system does it best to rescue these little babies from the flames of abuse — neglect, drug addiction, domestic violence and some of societies worse problems.”

Georgia Equality and Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia are among groups endorsing the legislation. Here's how Lewis describes the proposal:

The ECDF Act ends the practice of discrimination against both foster care youth and potential foster care and adoptive parents.

This bill would prohibit any entity that receives federal child welfare funds from discriminating against prospective adoptive or foster parents on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identification, or marital status or on the basis of the sexual orientation or gender identity of the child involved.

[Video via WSB]

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