He may only play a superhero on the big screen, but off it, Chris Evans is doing his part to help people.
The man who would be Captain America is a very vocal critic of the Trump administration. His personal politics have even got him in trouble with some contingents of fans.
Recently, he helped bring attention to a U.S. policy that is making it difficult for LGBTQ parents to register their kids as citizens.
Take a minute to read this. It’s maddening. We are regressing. https://t.co/cQptvKZAar— Chris Evans (@Chris Evans)1557949615.0
Evans retweeted an article from The Daily Beast written by Scott Bixby. It's a deep investigation into a policy that is disproportionately affecting LGBTQ+ parents.
The problem began with a State Department policy enacted in 2014, that has been reinterpreted recently by theTrump administration. The new policy redefined how the State Department classified children of U.S. citizens born abroad and their relation to their parents.
Despite whatever may be on the birth certificate, or the legal status of the parents, if the genetic father is not married to the woman giving birth, the baby is considered born out of wedlock. This makes it more difficult to obtain citizenship for the new baby.
Gay couples are disproportionately affected by the new reading of the policy, which had its enforcement changed recently.
I agree with Chris Evans... this is maddening! These are not the kind of values that America is supposed to be abo… https://t.co/AUYBdT5Dcq— April (@April)1558118779.0
@ChrisEvans This is absolutely terrible!! It not only punishes lgbt parents but also the kids! Just another example… https://t.co/2dOscpvwzQ— Sydney (@Sydney)1558018352.0
@ChrisEvans This is absolutely disgusting and dehumanising. America, you need to do better. Why are we forgetting… https://t.co/dQxsA6YAQe— Luke Waltham (@Luke Waltham)1557950113.0
THIS is our Captain America, a spokesperson for LGBT rights.. I salute you Cap! @ChrisEvans https://t.co/KGrne6PR60— danilo (@danilo)1557965373.0
Bixby's article is a deep look into a couple's efforts to have their child registered as a citizen, a process that has become needlessly more difficult since they did this with their last child two years ago.
Chris Evans saw the story and shared it with his more than 11 million followers, helping spread the word about this policy.
The Trump Administration has been very vocal in their war against "anchor babies." In their attempt to stop people with U.S. citizen children from becoming citizens, they made things more difficult for people who are citizens to begin with.
They claimed in the article this policy is "longstanding guidance"—the same excuse they gave for their family separation policy, but the Foreign Affairs Manual that addressed the policy was updated in 2018. Since then, US citizen parents have noticed the policy very unevenly applied compared to two years ago.
Despite this, you still have people supporting the new policy, which is why it's good Evans brought more attention to this article.
We need to fight this. https://t.co/jrLOgEi1VQ— Yvette Medina (@Yvette Medina)1558055751.0
@Faiith72 @ChrisEvans You are not the judge of whether two mothers or two fathers are nuturing or not. The fact you… https://t.co/ZDMSek9glH— 💜✌🏻💜 Alifiya Shikari 💜✌🏻💜 (@💜✌🏻💜 Alifiya Shikari 💜✌🏻💜)1558118253.0
@RUTHNCOLEE @ChrisEvans I truly believe Trump is referring to the late 1940’s and early 1950’s as the great era. LG… https://t.co/Xntt6vcN4O— Mindy 🐾 (@Mindy 🐾)1558049665.0
@crystallpurvis @ChrisEvans @LillyGulliver Babies' rights to be a naturalized citizen.— SuZen Cho (@SuZen Cho)1558025766.0
Evans has been very vocal about his political views. He, along with many other celebrities, have been criticizing the draconian abortion bills being passed in several states around the country.
After his retirement, or maybe just an extended vacation, from playing Captain America, he was teasing a new project. This one involved him working with politicians, which for a while, had people thinking he might dabble in politics himself.
It was recently revealed that this was for a bipartisan website that allows candidates and parties to present their views and arguments on current political issues.
"I just thought, 'Why isn't there a place I can go to hear both sides of an issue in a succinct way that I can trust?'"
Many people are feeling the same way about the White House lately. Why isn't there a place we can trust?