House Passes Bill That Allow Adoption Agencies to Refuse LGBT Couples - Articles

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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Apr 2, 2019
A bill that would allow adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples based on religious objections has passed in the House of Representatives, the Tennessean reports. The Senate version, sponsored by Sen. Mark Pody, R-Lebanon, was scheduled to be heard in judiciary committee today. The House bill, sponsored by  Rep. Tim Rudd, R-Murfreesboro passed on a vote of 67-22, with three members not casting votes. The bill declares that no licensed adoption agency would be required to participate in a child placement if doing so would "violate the agency's written religious or moral convictions or policies." It also prohibits the Department of Children's Services from denying an agency's application because of the group's refusal to place a child with a family based on religious objections.