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I'm guessing the chance of U.S. Rep. Pete Stark passing his proposed legislation is small, but it's still interesting.

A federal lawmaker is touting an adoption anti-discrimination bill he recently introduced as a way to find more homes for children living in the welfare system.

 U.S. Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) on Oct. 15 introduced the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, which would restrict federal funds for states that discriminate in adoption or foster programs on the basis of marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity.

 Stark said in an interview that he introduced the legislation, H.R. 3827, in part because thousands of children each year "age out" of the child welfare system without finding homes.

His bill would penalize at least Arkansas, Florida, Nebraska, Utah and Mississippi, which have explicit adoption bans of varying sorts.

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