The governor of New York said he is willing to decrease the options for those seeking foster care and adoptions in the name of pushing the LGBTQ agenda.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that his office would take legal steps to block a Trump administration proposal that would allow foster care and adoption agencies that receive federal funding to exclude LGBTQ families for religious reasons.
“No matter what happens in Washington, New York State is — and will continue to be — a beacon of equality in this country,” Cuomo said, though his proposal would treat organizations with religious standards unequally.
The Trump Administration plans to overturn an Obama-era rule prohibiting the Department of Health and Human Services from giving grants to agencies that disallow adoptive parents who are unsure about gender identity or are homosexuals.
Tony Perkins, president of The Family Research Council, a conservative group with a history of anti-gay advocacy, framed the rule change as a protective measure for religious groups.
“This is tremendous news for children, birth moms and adoptive families who want the opportunity to work with an agency that shares their values and core beliefs — without fear of government discrimination,” Perkins said in a statement.
Gov. Cuomo is saying he will proudly uphold and support that discrimination.
Once the proposed rule is published in the Federal Register for government agencies, there will be a 30-day public comment period, after which the rule could go into effect.