LANSING, Mich. -- Legislation that would allow faith-based adoption agencies to deny services to same-sex and unmarried couples was passed by the state House Wednesday afternoon.
Those in favor of the controversial legislation say it's in the best interest of children who need a forever home. Opponents say it's taxpayer-funded discrimination.
"It's not just a license to discriminate, it's actually writing a check for the discrimination. This isn't just state-sanctioned discrimination, this is state funded discrimination," Rep. Jeff Irwin said.
Supporters of the bills argue that faith-based agencies play a crucial role in Michigan's successful adoption rates, adding that the bills don't just apply to specific religious agencies.