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New adoption bill would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation

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Finally, a piece of legislation worth cheering for. If passed, the Every Child Deserves a Family Act would "ban discrimination in adoption or foster care placement based on the sexual orientation, marital status or gender identity of the potential parent, or the sexual orientation or gender identity of the child."

The bill was introduced in the House on Tuesday by California Representative Pete Stark and basically would restrict funding for states that currently discriminate on those bases, such as Arizona, where a new law gives preference to married couples over singles (which essentially intends to exclude gays from adopting).

Of course some congressional bigots are against the idea. The greatest offender? Former Senator Rick Santorum, who recently shared this anecdote:

A lesbian woman came up to me and said, "Why are you denying me my right?" I said, "Well, because it's not a right." It's a privilege that society recognizes because society sees intrinsic value to that relationship over any other relationship.

When asked about these comments at a press conference announcing the bill, Rep. Stark said:

"Rick who? There was a guy in Congress years ago named Santorum, but I think he left. He lost, but [he's been] following that path ever since. I think that's nonsense."

Oh snap! Looks like we're finally on the path to adoption for all.