National Foster Care Month: May was National Foster Care Month, and we want to share a touching adoption story with you. The Nabozny family from Minnesota are a perfect example of why fighting discrimination against LGBTQ parents and kids in foster care and adoption is so critical. If Jamie and Bo had lived in a state with a license to discriminate law, they could have been prevented from forming their family simply because they are a same-sex couple. Watch their video here then ask your Members of Congress to co-sponsor the federal Every Child Deserves a Family Act. Click here to email your Members of Congress.
The Fight For Equality Continues: Buzzfeed published an article this week about how strategies from the anti-abortion playbook are being used to undermine same-sex marriage. Mary Bonauto, a leading civil rights lawyer who argued to legalize same-sex marriage at the Supreme Court, says “Just because we won marriage doesn’t mean that fight ended. The marriage is degraded if it’s not treated like other marriages.” Conservative lawmakers are stockpiling state laws that make married life for gay couples more difficult and unequal. Kansas Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer signed a law this month that allows taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to reject applicants, including gay couples and divorcees, based on their religious objections. A week before, Oklahoma Republican Gov. Mary Fallin signed a nearly identical law. Want to know which non-discrimination protections are in place in your state? Visit our State Policies page to find out.
National Day of Action for Children: On June 1st, CAN took part in the The National Day of Action for Children. Organized by Families Belong Together, the event was an opportunity to highlight the growing crisis of inhumane and cruel treatment of immigrant children and families in immigration enforcement. At the border and across the country, we must ask how we as nation can stand up against a government forcibly breaking up families. CAN opposes the practice of systematically taking children from their parents, and we need your help to make it known. Sign the Families Belong Together petition and insist that the Administration stop separating immigrant children from their families -- and account for what is happening to all children in immigration custody.
Masterpiece Cakeshop: In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case on Monday June 4th, CenterLink Chief Executive Officer Lora L. Tucker released a statement: "This morning the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. While the decision reversed the original ruling by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, it did so on grounds that were unique to Masterpiece Cakeshop and this case, finding that the Commission had not acted impartially when originally considering the case. As such, this ruling applies only to Masterpiece Cakeshop, but does NOT broadly allow similar businesses to discriminate. The Court did not grant businesses a license to discriminate. Rather, the court affirmed that states can protect LGBT people from discrimination in the marketplace." To read Lora's full statement, click here.
Get Covered: Big life change requiring a change in insurance too? HealthCare.Gov makes it easy to sign up for a special enrollment period within 60 days of any of the following: getting married, increasing the number of people in your household, adoption, an out of state move, becoming a U.S. citizen, or a change in your income. Looking for LGBTQ-friendly providers near you? Visit OUT2Enroll for information.