Letters to the editor April 14

Don’t discriminate to
adopt, foster children
Fostering and adopting children should be accessible to all people regardless of sexual orientation.
A waiver issued by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, states that a federally funded South Carolina foster care service was given permission from the federal government and Trump administration to discriminate against same-sex couples by denying them to receive children in their homes.
There is no evidence stating that homosexual couples are not fit to be parents or that children raised in these households have any sort of disadvantages, according to a 2005 summary of gay and lesbian parenting created by the American Physiological Association.
Selecting foster parents should be based on the ability to care for the child and provide a safe environment. New Hampshire reversed the law rejecting gay and lesbian households from fostering children in 1999. Upon this repeal then-Gov. Jeanne Shaheen, said that foster parents should be chosen based on the ability to serve the child which should stand true today.
In fact, based on a Live Science article, gay and lesbian couples are shown to be the most compassionate, accepting, tolerance and nurturing group of parents because they chose to have children. This shows that gay and lesbian parents can create safe and loving environments to the same degree or better than heterosexual parents.
Based on the evidence, being raised by gay or lesbian parents will not have a negative effect on a child and may even improve their upbringing. I urge voters to think about these forms of discrimination during the 2020 presidential election.

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