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Michigan Republicans Once Again Propose ‘License To Discriminate’ For Adoption Agencies

By Zack Ford

"Michigan Republicans Once Again Propose ‘License To Discriminate’ For Adoption Agencies"

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Michigan state Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (R), sponsor of the 'licence to discriminate' bills.

Michigan state Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (R), sponsor of the ‘licence to discriminate’ bills.

A group of Republicans in the Michigan House of Representatives is once proposing legislation that would grant adoption agencies a blatant license to discriminate against same-sex couples (HB 4927 and HB 4928). Replicas of their iterations from last year that never got full floor votes, the bills invite adoption agencies to utilize “written religious or moral convictions or policies” to enable them to discriminate against anybody without repercussions from the state:

A child placing agency is not required to perform, assist, counsel, recommend, facilitate, refer, or participate in a placement that violates the child placing agency’s written or moral convictions or policies. A state or local government entity may not deny a child placing agency a grant, contract, or participation in a government program because of the child place agency’s objection to performing, assisting, counseling, recommending, facilitating, referring, or participating in a placement that violates the child placing agency’s written religious or moral convictions or policies.

What’s telling about this law is that it recognizes that such policies could very well have no relation to whether or not the placement would be good for children:

Refusal by a child placing agency to perform, assist, counsel, recommend, facilitate, refer, or participate in a placement that violates the child placing agency’s written religious or moral convictions or policies does not constitute a determination that the proposed adoption is not in the best interests of the adoptee.

In other words, the bills are literally an endorsement of arbitrary discrimination by state-funded adoption agencies.

Same-sex adoption is not legal in Michigan, but a federal lawsuit is challenging that law along with the laws banning same-sex marriage. In their response to the suit, Gov. Rick Snyder (R) and Attorney General Bill Schuette (R) argued that the laws do not discriminate against anybody.

(HT: Equality Michigan.)

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