On Tuesday, the White House issued a statement, claiming President Donald Trump is “respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights.” The very next day, though, we saw a draft executive order that contains perhaps the most sweeping attack on LGBTQ and women’s rights in the name of religion that we have ever seen.
Alabama must recognize adoptions by same-sex couples that were legalized in other states, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in March.
The decision overturned an earlier verdict from the Alabama Supreme Court, which found that the state of Georgia had erred by recognizing a lesbian woman’s adoption of the three children she shared with her former partner.
The woman, identified in court documents as V.L., and her family lived in Alabama from 1995 to 2011, but the couple briefly moved to Georgia in 2006 to have the adoption recognized.
Spare a thought for Roy Moore.
Moore likely thought that as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court he’d finally have the authority to enforce God’s moral law. Theocracy has, after all, been the raison d’etre of his career. But our secular legal system – or Satan, depending on who you ask – has thwarted him at every turn.
Legislators and media pundits in Washington, D.C., continue to obsess over the birth control mandate in the new health care law and whether church-related institutions like hospitals and colleges must provide contraceptive coverage.
While that’s going, a quieter tussle in Virginia has captured fewer national headlines. That’s a shame because a debate over adoption by same-sex couples in that state is perhaps a better indicator of where the Religious Right wants to take this country.