Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Currey Cook an attorney and advocate for Lambda Legal to discuss discrimination in the foster care system.
Currey Cook is the Director of the Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project and Counsel in the National Headquarters Office of Lambda Legal which is the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and people with HIV.
On today’s show, Currey and Aaron talk about the new law passed in Oklahoma as well as laws passed in Texas, Kansas, Michigan, Alabama, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Virginia that protect faith-based adoption agencies’ right to restrict child placement based on religious beliefs. Currey explains these organizations, like any other organization or business, can’t discriminate based on things like sex or gender because those are protected classes. But these organizations are discriminating based on sexual orientation and identity and other factors that fall into a grey area. Currey explains that these organizations receive state and federal funding which is the reason these laws protecting them and their practice of discrimination cause such concern.
The faith-based organizations say they will not place children with same sex couples because of their religious or moral convictions and forcing them to do so would violate those rights. Furthermore, there’s no consensus on how to handle these situations. The eight states mentioned above have passed laws protecting the organizations while others like Illinois and Washington DC have vetoed such measures.
To read the latest Bill that was signed by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, Bill number 1140 click here.
Join Aaron Freiwald and Currey Cook as they examine faith-based adoption agencies and the laws passed by 8 states that protect their right to discriminate.
Host: Aaron Freiwald
Guest: Currey Cook
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