WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) released the following statement condemning the comments made by Congressman Christopher Smith (NJ-04) at Colts Neck High School implying that children would be better off in orphanages than with LGBTQ parents.

“I am deeply outraged and offended by Congressman Smith’s bigoted views on LGBTQ adoption. Congressman Smith should know that LGBTQ parents are just simply that – parents. They are parents who provide every bit of love and care as their heterosexual neighbors. Unfortunately, this is not the first time Congressman Smith has dismissed the rights of LGBTQ Americans. He should apologize.

“My heart breaks for the young high school student who was told by Congressman Smith that her sister was somehow less deserving or qualified to be a parent. I am inspired by her courage in standing up to Congressman Smith. I know that the overwhelming majority of New Jerseyans stand with her.

“Today we are once again reminded that the fight for equality for LGBTQ Americans is far from over. Congressman Smith’s GOP colleagues and the Trump administration continue to discriminate against LGBTQ Americans, whether it be legalizing discrimination against LGBTQ persons seeking healthcare, banning transgender servicemembers from our military or nominating Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. We cannot allow this bigotry to stand and must work to ensure that LGBTQ Americans have legal and social equality in our country.”