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This US Congressman Told Students Gay People Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Adopt (Audio)

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Congressman Accused of Saying Gay Households Are Not Healthy Environments for Children to Grow Up In

U.S. Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) visited a New Jersey high school and told students gay people shouldn’t be allowed to adopt. Rep. Smith, a 19-term lawmaker first elected to the House of Representatives in 1980, also suggested orphanages are preferable for children than same-sex parents, as The Washington Blade first reported Wednesday.

During a recorded exchange with the high school students, Hannah Valdes, a senior at Colts Neck High School, can be heard telling Rep. Smith that her sister and her sister’s partner are considering adoption. Smith begins his response by acknowledging that legally it’s a “moot” issue, since the Supreme Court has ruled same-sex couples have the right to marry.

But Valdes in the audio (below), presses Smith, apparently based on remarks he had made earlier. He can be heard suggesting that different-sex couples should have priority over same-sex couples.

“I do believe that there are many others who would like to adopt who can acquire a child,” Smith tells the student. He adds, “the waiting periods are extremely long,” suggesting that same-sex parents would be taking children away from different-sex parents, forcing them to wait longer to adopt.

Another student then challenges Smith, asking what makes different-sex parents “more legitimate” than same-sex parents.

Smith, who holds an extremely anti-gay record, pivots at that points, admitting that he believes orphanages are better for children than same-sex parents.

“Well you know, in my opinion a child needs every possibility of –” he stops, then adds, “you mentioned, somebody mentioned orphanages before. I mean, orphanages are a possibility for some kids,” he told the students.

The Blade spoke with Valdes, who says, “Rep. Smith responded by saying that he does not approve of gay adoption because gay households are not healthy environments for children to grow up in.”

“He then stated that ‘numerous household studies’ show that children that have heterosexual parents have better lives than children that have homosexual parents.”

Smith’s claim is entirely false. No reputable study shows that children raised by different-sex parents do better as adults than children raised by same-sex parents. In fact, Cornell and Columbia Universities both have collected dozens upon dozens of studies that show there is no discernible difference.

Valdes also says that a school administrator cut the Q&A with Rep. Smith short after it was clear the students would try to ask him other questions about LGBT people. The audio was recorded in May.

“After I asked my question and challenged him, an administrator cut in to change the topic,” Valdes told the Blade. “Rep. Smith started to discuss a recent project he was working on, but the auditorium was already filled with tension, and most of the audience was already talking about what Rep. Smith had just said. More students began to raise their hands, and the administration quickly realized that their students would likely be asking more questions regarding LGBT rights. Instead of taking further questions, the assembly was promptly ended and all of us were sent back to class.”

Valdes, the Blade adds, “said Smith exhibited ‘prejudice and homophobic views’ that ‘were offensive,’ and the entire student body of Colts Neck High School was ‘in shock that someone had come to our school with these opinions.'”

Over the years, Rep. Smith, who holds a more bipartisan record than most Republicans, has made clear the degree to which he opposes LGBT people.

In 2015 he made news by announcing that gay rights are not human rights.

“I do not construe homosexual rights as human rights,” he said. At the time he was Chairman of a Republican House subcommittee on human rights.

Rep. Smith received $10,000 from the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council in the 2014 election cycle.

 

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Trump Administration to Allow Taxpayer-Funded Shelter Providers to Ban Homeless Transgender People, Because Jesus

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The Trump Dept. of Housing and Urban Development late on Wednesday moved to roll back an Obama-era regulation that bans discrimination by taxpayer-funded shelter providers against transgender people. HUD Secretary Ben Carson wants to allow anti-transgender discrimination under the guise of religious freedom.

A statement on the HUD website filled with coded language says the proposed new rule “Returns Decision Making to Local Shelter Providers,” to allow them to “establish an admissions policy that best serves their unique communities,” and “better accommodate [the] religious beliefs of shelter providers.”

In reality, the new rule would allow taxpayers to fund anti-transgender discrimination fueled by religious-based bigotry, with the federal government’s stamp of approval.

The move comes during an out of control pandemic, amid an unstable economy, and worse-than Great Depression-era unemployment.

“This important update will empower shelter providers to set policies that align with their missions, like safeguarding victims of domestic violence or human trafficking,” Secretary Carson said in the statement.

In reality, the new rule would remove protections for one of the most vulnerable populations in America, the transgender community. At some point in their lives one in five transgender people experience homelessness.

“Transgender and gender non-binary adults are more likely than cisgender adults to experience unsheltered homelessness,” CBS News notes, adding that “according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, and transgender youth ‘make up a significant portion’ of homeless youth in the U.S.”

The move is yet another example of the Trump administration’s never-ending attacks on transgender Americans.

This month marks the third anniversary of President Trump’s infamous decision to ban transgender service members from the U.S. Military, which he did without consultation with the heads of the military services, and via tweet.

Last month Trump’s Dept. of Health and Human Services rolled back Obama-era protections for transgender patients, calling them “unnecessary.”

Last year Trump’s Dept. of Justice asked the Supreme Court to rule it is legal to fire transgender workers just because they are transgender. The Court last month decided it is illegal to do so.

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A Defeated Donald Trump Declares ‘We Live’ After Historic SCOTUS Ruling on LGBTQ Workplace Discrimination (Video)

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President Donald Trump, whose administration lobbied the Supreme Court to deny LGBTQ people civil rights, on Monday lamented the high court’s landmark ruling that finds workplace discrimination against gay and transgender Americans is illegal.

“They’ve ruled and we live with the decision,” Trump said, defeated and somewhat sad. “We live with the decision of the Supreme Court.”

This is the first time Trump has weighed in on the historic ruling. It took him more than six hours to say anything, and he only did after being asked about it by a reporter.

The President also claimed he had read the 170+ pages decision handed down just after 10 AM Monday.

“Very powerful decision, actually,” he added. “They have so ruled.”

In 2017 Trump’s DOJ told a federal appeals court the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect “homosexuals” from discrimination.

Last year Trump Solicitor General Noel Francisco told the Supreme Court it is the opinion of the administration’s Dept. of Justice that a “plain text” reading of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect gay people in the workplace from discrimination, including firing for being gay or transgender.

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled it does.

Trump, who is the most anti-LGBTQ president in American history – at least modern American history, has repeatedly refused to sign the Equality Act, which the House has already passed.

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Missouri Lawmaker Wants to Make It Easy for Parents to Sue Their Local School if Kids Are ‘Subjected To’ Anything LGBTQ

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A Missouri state lawmaker is pushing a bill that would make it easy for parents to sue schools if their children are “subjected to” anything LGBTQ.

Rep. Chuck Basye wants parents to have total control over what their children see in school, even if it’s not part of the curriculum. The bill is in response to a poster a GSA – gay-straight alliance club – put up without getting approval from all the students’ parents.

Basye says the purpose of his legislation “is to give this a little bit of teeth so parents can take action if they feel that they’re not being listened to or their child is subjected to something they don’t agree with,” MissouriNet reports.

“I think the parents have a right to know what is in front of their children in public schools,” Basye told MissouriNet.. “That’s the intent of the bill, nothing more, nothing less.”

The ACLU has weighed in, and says Basye’s bill, HB 1565, goes too far.

“This is not only way too far reaching, but absolutely censorship of essentially livelihoods and existence at all,” Jay-Marie Hill, with the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, told MissouriNet. Hill says if the bill becomes law teachers could be responsible, and even fired, if they have a guest speaker who says something parents might disagree with.

The bill is clearly framed to focus on “instruction on human sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases.”

And while it says information presented to students must be “medically and factually accurate,” it also mandates that “abstinence from sexual activity as the preferred choice of behavior in relation to all sexual activity for unmarried pupils.”

Abstinence only education has been proven to not work.

Some responses to Rep. Basye’s bill from social media:

UPDATE: 4:56 PM –
Rep. Basye’s Democratic challenger, Adrian Plank, calls Basye’s bill “one of the most obviously discriminatory pieces of legislation that I’ve ever seen in Missouri.

What I find inappropriate is a legislator that spends his time trying to pass bills that uses the power of the government to treat those most vulnerable like they are lesser human beings, or even worse, that they don’t exist. That they shouldn’t be considered worthy of attention. People have real problems that need solved, and this is how he chooses to spend his time.

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