Tennessee governor signed a bill against gay adoptions into law

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The governor of Tennessee Bill Lee has given a green light to the bill which was designed to allow the adoption agencies owned by the religious people to use their religious beliefs as a valuable reason to reject certain potential adopters and foster caregivers (for example, if they are from another religion, single, unmarried or a same-sex couple). “The governor believes that protection of rights is important, especially religious liberty,” Lee spokesperson Gillum Ferguson said, according to USA Today.“This bill is centered around protecting the religious liberty of Tennesseans and that’s why he signed it.” The measure was first passed by the Republican-controlled senate in April last year, and on January 14, Tennessee governor Bill Lee announced his plans to give his approval to the bill even though numerous human rights organizations on both local and federal levels sent him letters urging him not to do it. Tennessee is now one of several other states to have enacted similar legislation against LGBT+ couples, including Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, South Dakota, Virginia and Michigan.

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