By Mark Ferrandino, Former Speaker of the Colorado House and Current One Colorado board member
Republicans in the Colorado Senate just introduced yet another bill to legalize discrimination against LGBTQ Coloradans – this time, in the areas of adoption and foster care. This is an all hands on deck moment. Will you chip $24.10 in today to our efforts to make sure Senate Bill 241 doesn’t become law?
If a discriminatory law like this were on the books, my partner, Greg, and I could have been denied the adoption of our daughter, Lila. This bill is not only an attack on my family, but every LGBTQ person who wants to adopt or foster a child. If Senate Bill 241 passes, Colorado adoption and foster care organizations would be allowed to claim their religion gives them the right to deny children a loving family just because the prospective parents are LGBTQ.
This bill could actually pass the State Senate in the coming days. Will you fight back today and chip in $24.10 to our efforts to make sure this license to discriminate bill doesn’t become law?
Seven states across the country currently have religious exemption laws that legalize discrimination against LGBTQ people in the areas of adoption and foster care. Under these laws, over 21,000 children have been kept in foster or group homes, rather than be adopted by loving parents who don’t pass an agency’s religious test. With your help, we can make sure Senate Bill 241 never reaches the Governor’s desk.