Press Release

Senator Gillibrand Statement on Utah Judge’s Decision to Remove Lesbian Couple’s Foster Care Child

Nov 13, 2015

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement today in response to a Utah judge’s decision to remove a foster child from the home of a lesbian couple, stating that the child would be better off with heterosexual parents.

“This judge’s decision is outrageous, flies in the face of facts and should be overturned. We should be supporting loving, caring and responsible adults who want to welcome children in need of families into their homes – not turning them away based on their sexual orientation. This type of discrimination should have no place in the judicial or foster care system anywhere in our country.”

Earlier this year Gillibrand introduced legislation in the Senate to end discrimination against potential LGBT adoptive and foster parents based on their sexual orientation.