The US Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality was not only a landmark case for the rights of LGBTQ persons to legally wed, but it also effectively wiped out anti-gay adoption laws which sought to favor heterosexual couples seeking to adopt children over identically similar homosexual couples.
Kraig Powell, a Utah State Republican, recently proposed reversing adoption laws to effectively restore older discriminatory policies, by making it official state policy to favor heterosexual adopters over same-sex ones.
Powell’s bill would target any same-sex couple that hoped to adopt or foster a child from the state foster care system, which currently holds about 2,700 kids. SinceObergefell v. Hodges, Utah has stopped considering sexual orientation when placing children with foster parents. Should Powell’s bill pass, that would change: Judges and agencies would be required to “grant preference to rewarding custody” to straight parents over gay ones.
The state could still permit gay couples to foster and adopt, but only those children whom no straight couples wanted. Powell argues that the bill is necessary to ensure that children are exposed to both male and female role models—although the gender diversity theory against same-sex adoption has been empirically debunked time and time again.