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Trump admin to allow adoption agencies to refuse placement in LGBT homes

Nov 4, 2019

By Chris Johnson

The Trump administration is moving forward with a proposed regulation that will allow taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to refuse placement to LGBT families over religious objections.

The Department of Health & Human Services went public on Friday with the regulation, which will undo an Obama-era policy implemented in December 2016 prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity among federal grantees.

The proposed regulation, which will have far-reaching implications, was immediately criticized by LGBT rights supporters.

Julie Kruse, director of federal policy at Family Equality Council, said in a statement the policy was “outrageous,” especially at the start of National Adoption Month.

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