If you live in Kansas please contact your local legislator to oppose HB2481.
What is the bill HB2481?
HB 2481 would allow child placement agencies to refuse to perform, assist, counsel, recommend, consent to, refer or otherwise participate in any placement of a child for foster care or adoption when the proposed placement of such child would violate such agency’s sincerely held religious beliefs. In another words. This legislature will prevent LGBTQ parents from adopting in the State of Kansas.
I contacted Scott Schwab my local representative. I have emailed and called his office. I have yet to receive any response. I live in the same neighborhood as Scott Schwab. (I understand not giving me any time, even though he is the state representative and it’s his responsibility to represent his constituents).
Why I am concerned about Scott Schwab? He is running for Secretary of State in Kansas. One responsibility is to bring additional revenue to the state. He is voting in favor of this bill. He should be held responsible for revenue this state will lose revenue because of HB 2481. A good example, North Carolina has lost approximately 3.2 billion because of passing bills against LGBTQ community. So why vote for Secretary of State that will make decisions that will eliminate revenue?
Let go back to HB2481:
- There are 5,000 children in foster care and 900 need to be adopted. Why eliminate additional resources that can find a home for child.
- There is no evidence to suggest that lesbians and gay men are unfit to be parents.
- Home environments with lesbian and gay parents are as likely to successfully support a child’s development as those with heterosexual parents.
- Good parenting is not influenced by sexual orientation. Rather, it is influenced most profoundly by a parent’s ability to create a loving and nurturing home — an ability that does not depend on whether a parent is gay or straight.
- There is no evidence to suggest that the children of lesbian and gay parents are of less intelligent, suffer from more problems, are less popular, or have lower self-esteem than children of heterosexual parents.
- The children of lesbian and gay parents grow up as happy, healthy and well-adjusted as the children of heterosexual parents.