Friday, April 07, 2017

Nebraska Supreme Court Strikes Down Ban on Gay and Lesbian Foster Parents

Happy to hear the last state with this type of ban in place has finally been straightened out. But don't get too comfortable. The religious right will continue to pile on transgenders and use other backdoor ways to rob all LGBT Americans of their dignity. 

The ACLU writes:
The Nebraska Supreme Court today upheld a lower court decision which strikes down a decades old ban on gay and lesbian foster parents. Nebraska was the only state in the country with such a ban still in place.  
ACLU of Nebraska Executive Director Danielle Conrad had the following statement in response to today’s decision:  
“This is a victory for children and LGBT Nebraskans. Since the lower court ruling striking down Nebraska’s ban, our clients Todd and Joel have opened their hearts and home to several children in need. There are tens of thousands of LGBT people who call the Cornhusker State home and thousands of Nebraska children in need of a foster care placement. This victory means that Nebraska’s motto of ‘Equality before the Law’ rings out more truly for all in our state.”  
Leslie Cooper of the ACLU LGBT & HIV Project said, “The era of states baselessly branding LGBT people unfit to parent is over. Children in the foster care system are no longer needlessly denied access to available loving families.” 
This case was filed by the ACLU of Nebraska, the ACLU LGBT and HIV Project, and the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

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