A bill that will punish states that prevent homosexual couples and unmarried people from adopting children has been placed before the U.S. House and Senate. The bill known as the Every Child Deserves a Family Act was sponsored by Representative Pete Stark (D-California) and Senator Kristin Gilligrand (D-New York).
While Peter Stark argues that the bill is designed to address the shortage of qualified persons willing to adopt or become foster parents to children in need, a "pro-family" attorney, Matt Barber, vice president of Liberty Counsel Action, has attacked the bill arguing that the "bill has nothing to do with providing adoptive homes for children in need (but) everything to do with shutting down all biblically sound Christian adoption agencies around the country," a move which he sees as unconstitutional because it violates freedom of religion in the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. In Matt Barber's view, the bill is yet another case of how "homosexual activist political tsunami destroys everything in its path that is righteous, good and beneficial to society."
Pete Stark (D-California), on the other hand, argues that the U.S. adoption and foster care system needs review because it supports "discrimination against capable, loving potential parents and children." Barber disagrees with him because the bill in his opinion "puts the demands of selfish, adult homosexual activists ahead of the welfare of children and religious liberty, and it must be stopped."