Tennessee could allow discrimination against LGBT adopters

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The Tennessee House of Representatives has passed a bill that would allow adoption providers to decline certain categories of people in case if their religious beliefs demand them to. The bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Tim Rudd, would allow adoption agencies to refuse to “perform, assist, consent to, refer, or participate in any child placement for foster care or adoption” fir the reason of the providers’ religious or moral convictions. If the law also passes the state senate and is signed by Governor Bill Lee, it would make Tennessee the latest in a string of states to have passed similar laws – Alabama, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Texas. Tim Rudd says that the bill was set to protect faith-based adoption agencies from being sued by same-sex couples, though there was no such precedent in Tennessee and there hardly ever will be one, because this state is not criminalizing discrimination on the basis of sexuality at all, at least yet.

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