Tennessee just banned same-sex adopters


Faith-based adoption agencies in Tennessee are now allowed to deny LGBT adopters and to use their religion as a reasonable basis for this denial. The Tennessee state senate has started out the year by signing a bill that will decrease the orphans’ chance to find a family. January 14, Tennessee governor Bill Lee announced that he would be signing the bill into law, though before the Senate vote he claimed not even to have read it. Just one Republican, state senator Steve Dickerson, joined the senate’s five Democrats in opposition of the bill. As we said, Republicans dominate in the Senate, so the controversial bill was still passed. 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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