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Mother of Transgender Daughter Urges Opponents of Equality to Put Fear Aside and Help Children Flourish Jen Slipakoff ~ Kennesaw, Georgia
TOMORROW: Child Welfare Advocates, LGBT Leaders Speak Out against Poison Pill Amendment to HB 159 March 20, 2017

ATLANTA – Leading advocates in the child welfare and LGBT communities will join people of faith tomorrow in speaking out against a discriminatory amendment to HB 159, imperiling the future of the urgently needed legislation to update the state’s adoption laws. The amendment would allow adoption agencies that receive state funding to reject same-sex couples, LGBT people and others – despite the urgent need to place so many children in Georgia in safe and loving homes.

The amendment was added in the Senate Judiciary Committee over the objection of the bill’s sponsor, GOP Rep. Bert Reeves, and child welfare advocates — including the head of the state’s Division of Family and Children Services. Governor Nathan Deal also has called for the discriminatory amendment to be removed from the bill.

WHO: Jeff Graham, Executive Director, Georgia Equality

Representative Stacey Evans

Representative Mary Margaret Oliver

Paula Moody, Director of Child & Youth Permanency, Families First

Kathy Colbenson, President and CEO, Chris 180

 

WHERE: State Capitol, Senate Press Room, CLOB 203

Atlanta, GA

 

WHEN: Tuesday, March 21st 1:30pm

 

For more information, please contact Billy Linville: blinville@lexiconstrategies.com or 404-432-7242.

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