Michele Bachmann has refused to include language that supports LGBT parenting in an adoption resolution that she is introducing.
The office of the Minnesota congresswoman rejected a request from Sean Patrick Maloney, a New York representative and a gay parent, to “to recognize the contributions of LGBT families with adoptive children” in the impending resolution, which will coincide with National Adoption Month and Day. Maloney revealed the rejection in an email to supporters.
“The resolution honoring National Adoption Month is a bipartisan effort sponsored by both Democrats and Republicans,” Dan Kotman, a spokesman for Bachmann told BuzzFeed. “The focus of the resolution is on helping vulnerable children, as has always been the case when we have introduced it in previous years.”
Rep. Karen Bass, a Democrat who is introducing the resolution with Bachmann, reportedly did not object to the language.
In his letter to Bachmann, Maloney cites to a statistic that estimates 20,000 adopted children are being raised by same-sex couples. In addition, more than 2 million LGBT people are prevented from adopting due to discriminatory laws.
Read the full text of Maloney’s letter on the following page.