Republicans in Congress push amendment to permit discrimination against potential parents if they are gay

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Congressional Republicans have passed an amendment that would permit adoption providers to reject potential adopters if their religion tells them to. In most cases it refers to same-sex couples and their right to adopt. The provision introduced by GOP Rep. Robert Aderholt, would grant a broad license to taxpayer-funded adoption agencies, allowing them to deny potential adopters citing religious beliefs as an excuse. The amendment was attached to the bill in the committee by a vote of 29-23 along party lines. Rep.Scott Taylor was the only Republican who broke with the party line to vote against the amendment. If the amendment remains attached to the finance bill as it passes through Congress, the bill would permit child welfare placing to “turn away qualified prospective parents based on the agency’s religious beliefs.” The decision has been slammed by Democrats and LGBT groups.

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