A Republican lawmaker’s bid to introduce laws allowing adoption agencies to have a legal right to deny same-sex couples on the basis of religious beliefs has been blocked by the House of Representatives. Alabama Congressman Robert Aderholt, a strong opponent of LGBT+ rights, stood behind the bill which would decrease chances for orphans to have caring and loving families if the adoption agencies did not believe that same-sex couples deserved being parents for them. As Republicans hold a majority in both the House and the Senate, the amendment was very likely to move further – into an approved bill and then into the l;aw, which would mean a disaster for potential parents. The US House Appropriations Committee approved the amendment by a 29-23 vote in July, broadly along party line—but LGBT activists this week won a last-minute reprieve as the bill headed for a final vote. The House agreed a conference report that favors the Senate’s clean version of the bill, omitting the amendment.