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Lori Windham

Lori Windham is a senior counsel with the religious liberty advocacy group Becket. She has represented faith-based adoption agencies that, for religious reasons, don’t want to serve same-sex couples.

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Robin Fretwell Wilson

Robin Fretwell Wilson is director of the Family Law and Policy Program and Epstein Health Law and Policy Program at the University of Illinois College of Law, where she also teaches. Her latest book, released in 2018, is The Contested Place of Religion in Family Law.

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Andrew Whitehead

Andrew Whitehead is an assistant professor of sociology at Clemson University. He co-authored a 2014 study exploring how religious practices such as church attendance affect people’s views on adoption by same-sex couples.

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Gary Schaer

Assemblyman Gary Schaer is a democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly. In 2018, he sponsored legislation seeking to ensure that children up for adoption are placed with families who share their faith.

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Katy Perkins

Katy Perkins is a social worker in Dallas who specializes in adoption, domestic violence, LGBT issues and peace building. In 2017, as the Texas Legislature considered new regulations related to adoption, religion and same-sex couples, she co-wrote an article on the danger of allowing foster parents to force their religion on children.

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Emilie Kao

Emilie Kao is director of the Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Religion & Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation. She specializes in legal conflicts related to religious freedom.

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Leslie Cooper

Leslie Cooper serves as deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT & HIV Project. Over the last two decades, she’s worked on many cases related to the rights of LGBT adoptive parents.

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Ying Chen

Ying Chen is a research scientist with the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University. She was the lead author of a 2018 study about the relationship between religious and spiritual practices in childhood and adult health outcomes.

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