Ros-Lehtinen becomes first GOP co-sponsor of act to ban discrimination against gay adoptive parents
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Miami, the nation's leading GOP lawmaker on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, has signed on to support the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, which would prevent local laws against gay parents adopting.
Ros-Lehtinen becomes the first Republican House member to sign on as a co-sponsor.
Here's an announcement from SAVE Dade, the county's largest gay-rights group:
For months, statewide and national LGBT organizations have lobbied Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to add her voice in support of the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, and outlaw discrimination against gay and lesbian parents from adopting and fostering children.
At SAVE Dade's 2011 Champions of Equality Awards Reception, Martin Gill -- the plaintiff in the ACLU of Florida's case that successfully overturned Florida's 33-year ban on gay and lesbian parents from adopting -- delivered to Rep. Ros-Lehtinen a personal letter about his struggle to adopt his two sons.
Martin's personal appeal worked.
Within days of receiving Martin's letter, Rep. Ros-Lehtinen announced she will be the first Republican Member of Congress to co-sponsor the Every Child Deserves a Family Act. The Congresswoman spoke directly to Martin's personal message as the tipping-point that influenced her decision:
"There are many needy children in foster care who want a permanent and safe home environment. Right now, many individuals would like to provide a home for these children, but they are denied the opportunity due to laws relating to sexual orientation. A constituent of my Congressional district, Martin Gill, has given a public face to this dilemma and has fought these laws so that he and his partner can provide an orderly and warm home to their two adopted sons. I thank SAVE Dade for its leadership on this issue of non-discrimination."
Take action today! Be a voice for equality by joining Martin Gill and SAVE Dade as we send our own personal appeals to our Members of Congress.
Click here to send a personalized message to your Member of Congress and tell them to join Rep. Ros-Lehtinen as a co-sponsor of the Every Child Deserves a Family Act.