HHS to Lift Obama-Era Restrictions on Grants for Faith-Based Adoption Services

Nov 6, 2019 by

by Fred Lucas, The Daily Signal:

Under a new proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday, the federal government no longer will withhold federal grant money from faith-based adoption providers that won’t compromise their views on same-sex marriage.

“I don’t want to discriminate against anyone. I want groups to be able to continue their work without being discriminated against,” White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told reporters during a Friday press gaggle. “ … I know that was in the works for a while.”

The proposed HHS rule clarifies that the federal government won’t discriminate against charitable organizations that don’t handle adoptions for same-sex couples when it comes to allocating federal grants. The proposed rule clarifies all federal nondiscrimination laws enacted by Congress will be enforced in awarding grants. Sexual orientation and gender identity are not currently covered under nondiscrimination laws enacted by Congress.

The proposal is a good step forward, said Ryan Anderson, a senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation.

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