Last year Republican Jeff Denham reversed his vote to become the deciding vote that allowed workforce discrimination towards LGBT+ people. Now it looks like Denham is up to his old tricks and will help Republican’s in Congress take away even more of our rights. Making matters worse, there are local elected officials who still support Denham. Tracy Councilmembers Veronica Vargas and Juana L. Dement , Tracy Supervisor Bob Elliott, Manteca/Stockton Supervisor Tom Patti and Stockton Supervisor Miguel Villapudua. We are asking our community to stand up to Denham and call on his supporters to rescind their support today. Here are their emails:
From EQCA:”The House Appropriations Committee adopted the Aderholt Amendment, which would give foster care and adoption agencies the license to discriminate against prospective LGBTQ parents. We cannot and will not sit idly by as House Republicans trample on LGBTQ parents’ right to pursue happiness. This amendment is harmful because
- It would allow taxpayer-funded child placing agencies to deny needed services and discriminate against children in their care, as well as prospective foster or adoptive parents, based on the agency or provider’s religious beliefs;
- It would allow service providers to discriminate against children and turn away qualified adoptive and foster parents based on their religion, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity;
- It would reduce the number of available adoptive and foster homes for children, harming ALL children in care;
- It would especially harm the 19% of foster youth over 12 who identify as LGBTQ;
- It would punish states with nondiscrimination protections by withholding federal adoption funding, further harming all children in foster care.
States like California would be especially hurt by the passage of the amendment. Nearly 1.5 million people in California identify as LGBTQ. There are 63,000 youth are in the foster care system. There are anti-discrimination measures in place in the state against denying homes to LGBTQ people. In 2014, California received over $1.6 billion in funding from the federal Title IV-B and IV-E programs–roughly 72% of federal funds received for child welfare. Should this amendment succeed: 1.5 million people are subject to discrimination against adoption/foster case, 63,000 youth risk not having a home, and threat’s to California’s funding due to the state’s current anti-discrimination policies. The federal government would restrict up to 15%–or $249 million–in the state’s IV-B and IV-E funding. “