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Democrats introduce LGBT adoption bills

Posted at 9:08 AM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-17 09:08:44-04

LANSING, Mich.  — Democrats in the Michigan Legislature have introduced legislation to expand adoption rights to LGBT couples.

The legislation would prevent adoption agencies from discriminating based on sexual orientation.

The proposed legislation expands on Attorney General Dana Nessel's recent settlement that says adoption agencies cannot refuse service over religious beliefs if they're under contract with the state.

Senate Bills 272-275 would also do the following:

-Allow a same-sex partner to adopt their partner’s biological or adoptive child

-Ensure that child placement agencies cannot discriminate against same-sex couples based on religious beliefs

-Allow state and local governments to hold adoption agencies accountable if they engage in discriminatory practices

Identical bills were introduced in the House of Representatives on Tuesday as well.

The proposed legislation was introduced after a faith-based adoption agency sued the state of Michigan, challenging the recent settlement that prevents them from refusing to put children in LGBT homes for religious reasons.

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