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Trump administration proposes HHS rule letting faith-based adoption groups deny would-be LGBT parents

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a brand new rule Friday that may enable faith-based foster care and adoption companies to proceed receiving federal cash even when they flip away same-sex {couples} on the idea of the companies’ non secular beliefs.

The new rule would roll again laws put in place beneath former President Barack Obama that included sexual orientation as a protected trait beneath anti-discrimination protections. Under the present legislation, non secular groups should request a waiver with a view to apply for an HHS grant.

The Trump administration argues that the brand new rule is critical to assist the efforts of non secular suppliers who’re keen to assist weak communities. It would apply to a broad vary of organizations that obtain federal assist, akin to people who get federal funding to assist the homeless or forestall HIV.

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The Family Research Council, a conservative advocacy group, stated charities would not have to decide on between “abandoning their faith or abandoning homeless children.”

“Thanks to President Trump, charities will be free to care for needy children and operate according to their religious beliefs and the reality that children do best in a home with a married mom and dad,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins stated.

The proposed grant regulation targets the present Obama rule saying that it might “reduce the effectiveness of programs funded by federal grants by reducing the number of entities available to provide services under these programs.”

But LGBT groups stated the administration’s plan would cut back the pool of certified parents desirous to undertake or foster a toddler. They stated that just about 123,000 foster youngsters are awaiting adoption, and the rule would make even fewer households obtainable to them.”Religious liberty is not a license to discriminate,” the  American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wrote on Twitter. “The needs of children in our foster care system must come first.”

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“Even worse: It would impact hundreds of billions of dollars of taxpayer funds and recipients of a broad range of services including individuals experiencing homelessness, those in HIV prevention programs and children and families involved in the foster care system,” the ACLU added.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., accused the Trump administration of working extra time to “implement cruel and discriminatory policies, and wasting taxpayer dollars in its obsessive pursuit.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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