We can see this from the brouhaha over the Indiana and Arkansas "Religious Freedom Restoration" Acts.* Aside from Apple's gay CEO, Tim Cook, I suspect the major businesses threatening to boycott these states, NCCA, Walmart, Angie's List, etc. don't give a hoot about gay rights, but they know a public relations nightmare when they see one. Being perceived to be on the side of discrimination against gays who want to marry their loved ones doesn't fit their corporate image. And there are way more gays and their supporters than "Christians" who fear damnation from providing flowers to a same-sex wedding.
American Adoption Congress' 2015 conference was held last weekend in sealed-record state of Massachusetts. It's holding the 2016 conference in Denver, an improvement--but not optimum. Colorado's open-records law, effective next January, contains a provision allowing natural mothers to veto disclosure of their names on the birth certificate.
Concerned United Birthparents which alternates its retreats between California and Florida needs to find other venues. It could move the California retreat north to my beautiful home state of Oregon (which also does not have a sales tax). It could relocate its Florida get-togethers to Alabama with its beautiful and less crowded beaches. The Land of Gazillion Adoptees (based in Minneapolis, thanks to the plethora of intercountry adoptees who ended up there) could switch its fundraisers from closed-records Minnesota to adoptee friendly Kansas which also has, well, sunflowers. FYI--Kansas never sealed adoptee birth records.
Calling for boycotting states which have laws contrary to one's values is not new. The National Organization for Women did this in the 1970's asking supporters not to hold conferences in states which refused to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. While the ERA ultimately failed, this and other efforts dramatically changed laws and social customs. Today women have far more opportunities than they did forty years ago. If you don't believe me, watch a few episodes of Mad Men.
In other words, reformers, put your money where your mouth is! And of course let the legislators in the boycotted states know what you're doing and why.--jane
*Contrary to what supporters of these laws claim, they have a vastly different purpose from the same-named federal law of 1993. That law made it clear that states should accommodate religious beliefs such as allowing native Americans to ingest peyote. The Indiana and Arkansas laws are clearly attempts to allow businesses to deny services to gay couples--no matter what the governor and legislators who are willing to go on television claim. Most of them are running for cover. CNN the other day wasn't able to get anyone to defend the law other than someone from the Family Research Council, which is devoted to preventing same-sex marriage.
Indiana Law: Sorting Fact from Fiction
American Adoption Congress
Concerned United Birthparents
Land of Gazillion Adoptees
Gays have political clout; bastards don't. Lessons from New Jersey and New York
While gay marriage is the talk, how about adoptee rights?
How are gay marriage and adoptee rights connected?
When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present by Gail Collins
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