‘This is state funded discrimination’ — State House passes controversial adoption legislation

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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.

The bills will now move on to the state Senate for consideration.

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  • epc1184

    Given the fact that there’s a backlog of children waiting to be adopted – and that scientific research proves same-sex parents are just as good, if not better than opposite-sex parents – this is INSANE. The Michigan Republican Party – and the voters of the state – are doing a great job of alienating swaths of Americans who may otherwise engage in Michigan’s recovering economy. You can’t attract young, educated and talented employees with discrimination.

  • CommonSense

    Since the homosexual community is less than 3% of the population I don’t think it would alienate “swaths of Americans”. And I am also pretty sure we can find plenty of regular “young, educated and talented employees” who aren’t gay and looking to adopt children.

  • Zegota

    Amen, but it is not over yet, people will need to stand up for there own personal views, and regardless of what side and voice there support for what is right.

  • Zigman Frued

    Should the SCOTUS rules for LGBT equality, and they will, wouldn’t these laws empower LGBT community funded and operated faith based adoption agencies to discriminate when placing infants by refusing to place them in “Christian” homes that teach hate and intolerance toward others? All the time eligible for taxpayer funding? What mother would place a child for adoption with a faith based organization that discriminates and encourages this kind of bigotry, hatred, and intolerance?

  • WAbrenham5445

    “Hey, kid. Sorry you can’t go to a loving home, not because they would not love you and care for you as you should be, but because we think what they do makes them sinners.”

    They can be liars, thieves, gluttons, or be guilty of any of the various and sundry offenses listed in the Bible, and they won’t care about that, but there will be no gayness or the shacking up.

    The best part is they still get paid! The Lord works in mysterious ways.

    Perhaps they should stop taking state funds and only work with prospective parents and children who are Catholic.

    Maybe the Protestant or Jewish kids don’t care if they have gay or unmarried parents as long as they have a place to call home.