Advocates Push Back on Religious Exemption Adoption Bill - Articles

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Posted by: Jarod Word on Feb 26, 2019

Legislation proposed by State Rep. Tim Rudd, R-Murfreesboro, that allows Tennessee providers to deny adoptions to same-sex couples on religious grounds has been met with consternation from not only LGBT proponents, but social workers as well, The Daily News Journal reports. Opponents of Rudd’s bill point to the fact that the state has around 8,000 children in foster care, of which only about half will be placed in foster families and contend that the measure creates more unnecessary barriers in guaranteeing these children find homes. Rudd maintains that his bill is not discriminatory, rather prevents faith-based organizations from ceasing services because of lawsuits, and that LGBT families can still pursue adoptions through non-faith-based organizations. "Nowhere in this bill does it say anything about outlawing anyone from adopting," said Rudd when asked about his measure. "It's simply protecting the constitutional rights of religious freedom from being persecuted."