A new report out from the Family Equality Council, Center for American Progress, the Movement Advancement Project, the National Association of Social Workers and the Child Welfare League of America has found that almost 2 million children suffer in America from receiving basic safeguards from the United States Government and private sectors because of anti-gay laws, bias, and stigma.
“There are myriad ways that our families are discounted by government at all levels, and children are hurt the most,” said Jennifer Chrisler of the Family Equality Council, one of the three groups authoring the report.
Among the barriers and inequities they face, as detailed in the report:
—Many government safety net programs use definitions of family tied to marital status which may exclude same-sex partners.
—Because of lack of legal recognition for their unions, gay and lesbian parents can face heavier tax burdens, higher costs for health insurance, and diminished financial protections in the event of death or disability.
—When same-sex parents separate, one parent may lose custody or visitation rights, even in cases where he or she had been a child’s primary caregiver
And to add insult to injury the children are invisible to the United States Goverment because the U.S. census does not attempt to count the number of children being raised by gays and lesbians.
Demographer Gary Gates of the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute, who has been a consultant to the Census Bureau, estimates the number at 1.2 million, while the new report uses the figure of 2 million, including children with bisexual and transgender parents.
This is unacceptable. And the Federal Government must be held accountable. Its bad enough that they deny us our basic human rights. But when they hurt our children its proves its well past time to stand up and say enough is enough and demand recognition and equality for us all.
Visit the All Children Matter is the coalition’s official website and learn more.