Think legalising same-sex marriage only affects same-sex couples? Try telling that to US citizens who are facing the consequences. In the state of Illinois, social workers and foster families who do not support children’s ‘gender’ decisions could be fired, according to new policies developed by the state’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
The new policies were also developed in part by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) – who were involved in the prosecution of conscientious objector Kim Davis. The DCFS announced it “will not tolerate exposing LGBTQ children and youth to staff/providers who are not supportive of children and youths’ right to self-determination of sexual/gender identity.” This was released in the document “Appendix K” released on 11 May.
This new policy means that people who believe in the science of gender, namely that humans are either male or female, are legally required to support children’s gender decisions, regardless of what that may be, and regardless of what they believe to be in the best interests of the child. Failure to comply with this policy could result in termination of employment for social workers, or children being removed from foster parents’ care.
“DCFS will not accept the services of volunteers who fail to abide by Appendix K, and will not contract with private agencies who fail to adopt LGBTQ policies that are at least as extensive as Appendix K (including, without limitation, policies providing for employee discipline, up to and including termination, for conduct in violation of the non-discrimination policy.
Appendix K continued with a mandate that the child’s wishes overrode any decisions of social welfare experts and foster families:
It is important for DCFS/POS staff, providers and foster parents to understand that when children and youth (including DCFS children and youth) explore/express a sexual orientation other than heterosexual and/or a gender identity that is different from the child/youth’s sex assigned at birth, those children and youth are to be supported and respected without any effort to direct or guide them to any specific outcome for their exploration.”
Medical experts have deemed children as old as 14 as unable to cross the road safely without supervision. Yet, rainbow-gender activists are legally forcing caregivers to suspend all supervision and ignore logic when it comes to gender issues. Conversely, faith-based organisations tend to rely on conventional (i.e. fact-based) definitions of gender. In essence, these changes would exclude all faith-based children’s care agencies as being able to engage with DCFS, due to the Appendix K requirements which include supporting the right to self-determination of gender.
Beyond these policies’ face value, there are insidious stipulations disguised in legal jargon. At the heart of this policy and the same-sex ‘marriage’ movement is the aim to destroy the family. This policy enables ‘approved’ individuals to take a child from their parents or caregivers, and prevent Faith-based organisations from helping children. In short, it places same-sex marriage activists in a position to not only monopolise their exposure to children, but to also take children away from those who do not support radical gender views:
“In no instance should LGBTQ children/youth be placed with a non-affirming caregiver who is opposed to sexual orientations that differ from the caregiver’s own. Nor should LGBTQ children and youth be placed with caregivers who are unwilling/unable to support children and youth whose gender identity or gender expression differs from traditional expectation.”
This essentially gives the State the right to remove children from their parents or other caregivers unless they affirm gender change, same-sex attraction, or other forms of self-identification other than biological gender.
The policies go so far as to state that LGBTQ children suffer “risk of harm” if foster parents or social workers do allow children to experiment with gender expression. As lawyer and Federalist contributor Mary Hasson put it, the DCFS are forcing caregivers to take a completely hands-off approach when it comes to educating their children.
“According to the gender guardians at DCFS, all children have a “right to self-determination of gender and sexual orientation,” and individual choices about “sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression” should be viewed as “developmental milestones, not problematic behavior.” The role of adults is simply to “facilitate exploration of any LGBTQ matters through an affirming approach…by being open, non-judgmental, and empathic.”
“Forget the democratic process. Forget free speech, freedom of religion, and the conscience rights of American citizens. Forget the welfare of vulnerable children. The state of Illinois heels to the commands of LGBTQ activists; it has embraced a new creed based on the LGBTQ vision of the human person. The only winners are progressive activists and lawyers eager to fill their litigation dockets. The losers? Illinois’ most vulnerable children.”
Does that really sound like a country where same-sex ‘marriage’ has only affected same-sex couples?
Don’t let same-sex marriage activists fool you: redefining marriage strips ‘gender’ of its biological basis. As the news from the US has consistently proven, when gender is declared a ‘choice’, Pandora’s box unleashes the full legal horrors that cripple and destroy the building block of society: the family. We only have to look at the US to see the dangerous effects redefining marriage has on a country.
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