The Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act is a 2017 bill that was inserted as an amendment into a 2019 funding bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, as HRC noted.
The legislation is designed not to protect children in need of homes and families – a large percentage of whom are LGBTQ – but to "protect child welfare service providers’ exercise of religion," according to the bill's text.
It would "prohibit governmental entities from discriminating" against a child welfare service provider for exercising its "sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions."
These bills have been popular in conservative states, but not at the federal level for years.
U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL) (photo), an anti-gay far right religious extremist, snuck the legislation into the funding bill. Aderholt, who is tied to anti-gay hate groups including the Family Research Council, received immediate praise for his work from FRC president Tony Perkins:
Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act amdt just passed @HouseAppropsGOP. Thx to @Robert_Aderholt for introducing and to @HerreraBeutler @RepMarthaRoby @TomColeOK04 @RepAndyHarrisMD @JeffFortenberry @RepEvanJenkins @JudgeCarter for speaking boldly in favor. https://t.co/OMPf42Z8fZ
— Tony Perkins (@tperkins) July 11, 2018
The Heritage Foundation, which has been working closely with the Trump administration to nominate extremist judges to the federal courts, including the Supreme Court, also quickly praised Rep. Aderholt:
Thank you to @MikeKellyPA, @TomColeOK04, & @Robert_Aderholt for standing up for faith-based organizations, adoptive parents, and most importantly children waiting to be adopted by including the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act (H.R. 1881) in FY 19 LHHS appropriations bill.
— Heritage Action (@Heritage_Action) July 11, 2018
Rep. Aderholt brags about denying children good parents in LGBT households:
Today my colleagues and I of the @HouseAppropsGOP passed my amendment which prohibits the discrimination of child welfare providers based on religious beliefs or moral convictions.
— Rep. Robert Aderholt (@Robert_Aderholt) July 11, 2018
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