Tennessee bill would allow private adoption agencies to deny LGBTQ couples

“This bill simply protects children to be placed in homes that agree with their stated religious and moral convictions,” said Republican Senator Paul Rose.

News Channel 5:

The Tennessee State Senate voted to pass a bill that would allow private adoption agencies to deny LGBTQ couples based on the agency’s religious or moral beliefs. It was the first bill to be heard at the beginning of the 2020 legislative session on Tuesday. 

It passed in the senate with 20 votes for the bill and six against. 

The bill will prohibit private licensed child-placing agencies from being required to perform, assist, consent to, refer or participate in child placement for foster care or adoption that would violate the agency’s written religious or moral convictions. The private adoption agencies can’t be denied an application for a license by the Department of Children’s Services or any state or local grant, contract or government program on the basis of its objection due to moral convictions.

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