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Wheaton adoption lawyersAdoption can be a rewarding way to grow one’s family - and in some situations, the only option. With a surplus of children awaiting safe and loving homes, one would think that adoption agencies would want to provide their services to every prospective parent, regardless of their gender, marital status, sexual orientation, or religion. 

Sadly, this is not always the case. 

Discrimination against marginalized persons in adoption is still a major issue in some states, and it does not appear to be changing any time soon. In fact, the White House recently voiced their support for faith-based organizations, stating that their denial of certain families falls under their protected right to exercise and practice their faith. They also granted an exemption for a faith-based adoption agency in South Carolina, which recently came under fire after it was revealed that they only place children in “Christian” households. 

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Illinois adoption lawyersThe lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) community has experienced some major victories in the past few years, including the requirement that all states allow and recognize same-sex marriages. Their most recent win came when Congress rejected a discriminatory amendment that would have negatively impacted their ability to adopt a child. Sadly, the very presence of that amendment proves that the battle for equality is still far from over. Learn how you can protect your rights as an adopting LGBTQ parent, and discover how our seasoned family law attorneys can assist you with the process. 

Addition and Rejection of Discriminatory Amendment - What it All Means

Discrimination is far from a new experience for members of the LGBTQ community, but when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could no longer ban same-sex marriages, many hoped the worst would be over. Unfortunately, that has not been the case. In fact, an alarming number of LGBTQ couples have been denied the right to end their marriage in divorce. Even when successful in obtaining a divorce, parties may be at risk of losing their parental rights to a child if they did not establish legal guardianship during their marriage. A total of 10 states also have laws with language that is similar to the recently rejected amendment. 

Added to an appropriations package for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Defense, the amendment would have allowed state workers to deny foster placements and adoptions to persons that identify as LGBTQ, even if they passed all other requirements. In short, the decision to deny them as adoptive or foster parents would have been based solely on their sexual orientation or identity, even if state laws did not reflect the same level of discrimination. 

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LGBT equalityThere are many organizations dedicated to advocating for social equality among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. This plight often includes the voiced need for legal equality on the local, state, and federal levels. While many areas of the law may be relevant to the fight for equality among the LGBT community, the area of family law can be considered especially relevant. One such familiar example of this is the fight for marriage equality for same-sex couples. Although many states in the country have chosen to recognize same-sex marriage, the fight for equality continues among LGBT equality advocates in other areas. Perhaps in light of this, a local media outlet recently published a news article discussing a report that ranks U.S. cities in their laws and policies relating to LGBT equality.

Municipal Equality Index Report

The Human Rights Campaign is responsible for releasing an annual report called the Municipal Equality Index report, which ranks cities across the country based on a number of factors relating to their laws and policies on LGBT equality. It is the only such nationwide rating system in existence. The index included several local communities to the Chicago area. The rankings take different factors into account and base cities’ scores on a 100-point system. These factors fall into six larger categories: non-discrimination laws, relationship recognition, employment policies (including insurance coverage related to transgender individuals, having non-discrimination requirements in place when contracting, and other policies geared toward equal treatment of LGBT city employees), inclusiveness of city services, the city’s law enforcement procedures, and municipal leadership on issues of equality.

The national average for cities included in the study was 59 out of 100. Illinois scored 69 out of 100 based on state laws. Local communities scored the following: Chicago scored 100 out of 100, Springfield 76 out of 100, Champaign 70 out of 100, Joliet 63, Aurora 61, Naperville 59, and Rockford 57 out of a possible 100 points.

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