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Friday, June 12, 2015

New Michigan law lets adoption agencies decline referrals

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday signed a law letting private adoption agencies with state contracts decline to participate in referrals against their religious beliefs, despite criticism that it amounts to government-sanctioned discrimination against gay couples.

The Republican told The Associated Press that the legislation codifies an existing practice within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, which relies on private agencies to help find temporary or permanent homes for 13,000 children in foster care at any given time.

"Our goal is to get the maximum number of kids adopted by loving families regardless of the loving family's background, whether they're straight or gay," Snyder said in a phone interview.

Only two other states, Virginia and North Dakota, have laws that are explicit in allowing private adoption agencies to turn away prospective parents for religious reasons.



Anonymous said...

It's only government sanctioned if they receive government funding. I would certainly hope a private (for profit!) adoption agency doesn't receive a dime from our tax dollars.

All this will do, is open up a niche for "gay friendly" adoption agencies.

Anonymous said...

Who says this is a Gay issue? There are laws that entitle Gays the same religious freedoms we all get. Activism uses every situation to cry victim and even change the conversation into anti religious bigotry of their own.

Anonymous said...

Business owners should be allowed to turn down customers if they want to. It is after all, their business.

Anonymous said...

Wait until they turn away a mixed race couple.

Anonymous said...

11:23 and other businesses should not be allowed to sell their products to Wal Mart for half the price Mom and Pop get. Volume and competition are not good excuses when it comes to the destruction of infrastructure and jobs. Mom and Pop are needed too and should not be depended upon to make-up for revenue goals Wal Mart's demands figure into.

Anonymous said...

Oh sure. Fight to make abortion illegal and then make it harder to adopt.