Senate Bill 241 & What It Means For The LBGTQ Community
The Colorado Children First Act Bill (SB 18-241), if passed, allows adoption agencies to deny lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons the right to adopt if it is against the adoption agency/foster parent’s religious beliefs. On April 23, 2018, Laurence I. Gendelman, Esq., of Gendelman Law Group, testified against SB18-241 at the Colorado State Capitol, asking the Committee to vote “no.”
At Gendelman Law Group, LLC, we advocate every day for the interests of children. Children deserve to have loving parents. Children should not be subject to the foster care/adoption system any longer than necessary. If passed, we believe that this bill would 1) increase the number of children in the system, 2) increase the length of time that children remain in the system, 3) increase costs to taxpayers by keeping children in the system, and 4) deprive children of their right to have loving parents, who are qualified to parent.
The Committee heard extensive testimony, including testimony from Mr. Gendelman, the Office of the Child’s Representative, many adopted children, attorneys, and religious leaders, all speaking out against the bill. Ultimately, the bill was passed and will now move to be heard in the Colorado Senate. Gendelman Law Group, LLC will continue to defend oppose the bill, as it harms children in the foster care system and stops then from finding the loving families that they deserve.
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