New HHS rule would allow discrimination in adoption



On the first day of National Adoption Month, Nov. 1, the Trump administration proposed a federal regulation that would allow any recipient of Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funding to discriminate against LGBTQ people. Notably, this would include adoption and foster care agencies.

Under Obama-era guidlines, recipients of HHS funds cannot refuse their services to women, religious minorities or LGBTQ people while receiving government money.

The HHS announced that it plans to submit this rule proposal to the Office of the Federal Register, at which time the public will have 30 days to offer comment. The department cited religious freedom as its primary motivation in rescinding the 2016 nondiscrimination rule.

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