Utah State Capitol

Utah Adoption Bill Would Establish Preference for Heterosexual Couples

In response to last year’s rulings to prevent adoption discrimination based on sexual orientation, the state of Utah is currently reviewing a bill that would return favor to heterosexual couples. Utah Representative Kraig Powell has introduced the bill with the argument that children should have both a male and female parental figure.

Over the past year, homosexual and heterosexual parents have been given equal preference in Utah adoption and foster care. The new bill, if passed, would allow the state’s foster care programs to choose one family over another based purely on sexual orientation. It would not affect the proceedings of private adoptions.

After last year’s Supreme Court rulings, many states are revisiting their adoption laws. At Considering Adoption, we hope that this bill does not result in a step backward in the movement for equal adoption rights.