Atheist Groups Urge Senate to Reject Anti-Gay Adoption Amendment in House Bill

By Hemant Mehta

As we posted about last week, the House Appropriations Committee recently voted on an amendment, introduced by Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL), to withhold funds from any state requiring taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to serve all clients.

It’s essentially a punishment for any state that doesn’t support faith-based adoption agencies that discriminate against gay clients.

In theory, those agencies could also discriminate against interfaith couples, single parents, divorced people, or [insert your reason here].

This is nothing more than taxpayer-funded bigotry.

Now a coalition of atheist organizations has written a letter to the senators in charge of the Senate Committee on Appropriations. Their version of the bill doesn’t include this amendment, and the groups want to make sure that’s the case when everyone votes on the final version of the bill.

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