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  • Nebraska Republican Introduces New Legislation To Attack LGBT Families

    After Nebraska lost the fight to deny equal marriage rights to same-sex couples, one Republican senator finds a new way to attack the LGBT community and their families at the expense of children. 

    Even though the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that marriage equality is legal throughout the country, that hasn’t stopped states from trying to attack LGBT families. The latest comes from Nebraska, and it attacks the LGBT community at the expense of children.

    Republican State Sen. Mark Kolterman of Seward, 64, recently introduced LB 975, a bill that would allow adoption agencies to refuse to place children in the homes of qualified LGBT parents, while preventing the state from taking away any agency's funding or limiting its contracts. All the agency would have to do is claim they refused a qualified couple based on the agency's "religious objection."

    The anti-gay bill is cleverly named the “Welfare Services Preservation Act” as a way to disguise the fact that the bill’s sole purpose is to discriminate against LGBT families. The name insinuates that instead of discrimination, it is about protecting agencies from having to close their doors. Kolterman knows that in some states, agencies have chosen to close their doors rather than serve LGBT families, and he is twisting that around to make it sounds like agencies have been attacked.

    According to the AP, Kolterman says that in some states faith-based groups have been forced to close after refusing to provide welfare services to gay parents.

    "Having as many possible qualified child-placing agencies in Nebraska," Kolterman's bill states, "is a substantial benefit to the children of Nebraska who are in need of these placement services and to all of the citizens of Nebraska because the more qualified agencies taking part in this process there are, the greater the likelihood that permanent placement can be achieved for each child."

    It also states:

    In order to preserve the support that child-placing agencies offer children and families, the government should not take adverse action against child-placing agencies based on their sincerely held religious beliefs.

    Sen. Kolterman adds that preserving public and private agencies is essential to finding homes for more than 5,600 kids under state care. However, the bill completely fails to address how refusing to place children in homes with qualified parents is in the best interest of the state or the children without homes. LB 975 would in fact increase the number of children in foster care because there would be fewer qualified homes available for children.

    On his campaign website, Kolterman says, "I believe in strong families and that by supporting a strong family structure, we can alleviate many of the problems facing our society today."

     

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    • commented 2016-01-27 00:17:31 -0500
      Good. I’m gay and I absolutely support this bill. What they are doing is trying to prevent the unconstitutional action taken by Massachusetts, which forced the Catholic Adoption Services, which found loving homes for countless thousands of children, to close because they could not in good adopt kids to same sex couples. A wholly unconstitutional act that Catholic Church SHOULD have appealed to the Federal Courts.

      I approve of gays who want to adopt, as long as there are children without homes, and there are state adoptive services that will adopt to them.

      Now the SELFISH., SELF LOATHING activists that brought suit in MA STILL cant adopt a child from Catholic Services, and they have changed NO one’s beliefs. All they have done is prevented countless thousands of kids from being placed with mothers and fathers in their petulant, deranged, deluded frenzy to try to FORCE other people to believe that two guys are the same as a mom and a dad.

      They aren’t. Men & women arent the same. *If they were, I wouldnt be gay! And lesbians wouldnt be lesbians. But they are. And every child who can deserves to have a mother AND a father. If there arent enough mothers and fathers available, then gay homes are great, and lastly, if a two parent home cannot be found, a single parent should be considered.

      And it is REPUGNANT to keep children from being placed in loving homes with a mother and a father to try and force your delusional beliefs on others just to make a point when you can adopt from the state or another agency.

    • commented 2016-01-20 18:51:43 -0500
      I am a Christian woman with some amazing LGBT friends. Some who are fostering to adopt. I could think of no other humans that deserve children more. They WILL be wonderful parents… No one should have the right to take children away from a loving environment. This is sad… He needs to retire because his old way of thinking is getting old!

    • commented 2016-01-20 14:49:45 -0500
      “sincerely held religious belief’s” = “right to be a bigoted prick”

    • commented 2016-01-20 03:13:54 -0500
      5 Dollar Bet….This guy will be the next Republican caught with a Gay Male Prostitute!!!!

    • commented 2016-01-19 12:28:37 -0500
      What a pig of a man…
      I guess christianty only works when every christian believes exactly the same.
      And to think that people wonder why I do not follow any religion….

    • commented 2016-01-19 12:28:35 -0500
      What a pig of a man…
      I guess christianty only works when every christian believes exactly the same.
      And to think that people wonder why I do not follow any religion….

    • commented 2016-01-19 11:20:34 -0500
      What an ass. I don’t believe it will pass. If it were to pass, who’s to say any of the currently running agencies are going to start discriminating? Why do people like him do everything they can to make life harder on us? They know some of the crap they submit is BS, but rather than working on something they should be worried about, they go out of their way to make life harder on real families and real children.

    • commented 2016-01-19 10:35:07 -0500
      How can an adoption agency have religious beliefs? It seems to me that those beliefs would change every time there was someone new in charge.
      This is such a blatant dog whistle, he just needs to be honest and call it discrimination.

    • commented 2016-01-19 10:04:28 -0500
      You know there ARE people in the world who are very protective of their families….their gay families. I’d worry about my job, career and ability to breathe if I were attacking innocent people. But then again he’s a"christian" and they think their shit doesn’t stink..

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