Michigan Governor Signs Law Allowing Adoption Agencies To Reject LGBT Parents

Michigan Governor Signs Law Allowing Adoption Agencies To Reject LGBT Parents.

Under the new law signed June 11th, parents could be turned away from being allowed to adopt due to religious grounds.

A package of three bills was signed into law that allows publicly- funded adoption agencies to turn parents away on religious grounds. Religious grounds, in this case, that allow for LGBT couples to be turned away from being allowed to adopt. Republican proponents of these bills claim that they were protecting people of faith, not attacking others.

Governor Rick Snyder, a Republican, issued a statement saying that the new laws were “putting Michigan children first in adoption, foster care practices”

“The state has made significant progress in finding more forever homes for Michigan kids in recent years and that wouldn’t be possible without the public-private partnerships that facilitate the adoption process”, Snyder said. “We are focused on ensuring that as many children are adopted to as many loving families as possible regardless of their makeup”.

The vote on these bills, even before they got to the governor’s office, was unexpected. Not on the daily agenda, House Bills 4188-1490 was brought to a vote by the Senate, and all were passed.

LGBT advocacy groups voiced their strong desire to have Snyder veto these bills, but were unsuccessful. Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan, had this to say:

“Gov. Snyder has claimed he wants to make Michigan a welcoming place and that he doesn’t believe in discrimination. It’s time for him to act on these supposed convictions and veto this dangerous legislation.

The Child Welfare League of America had a similar though process, saying that the new legislation “would make it more difficult for children to find families”.

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