It is not surprising that the Republicans on the Michigan House Committee on Families, Children and Seniors have passed three bills intended to allow adoption agencies to take taxpayer money while discriminating against LGBT people. HB4927, 4928 and 4991 supposedly protect the group’s freedom of religion, but they are actually designed to allow discrimination even if that discrimination is known to harm the children being handled by the adoption agency.
Equality Michigan notes that “Michigan has 14,000 children in foster care at any one time. These bills could threaten the placement of the over 3,000 foster care children whose biological parents’ rights have been terminated and who are just waiting for homes. Yet the bills acknowledge that denying a couple based on religious or moral convictions does not imply ‘that the proposed adoption is not in the best interests of the adoptee.’ Additionally, the bills protect public funding for agencies choosing to discriminate.”
EQMI managing director Emily Dievendorf stated “The ongoing efforts by out of touch elected leaders serving in the Michigan Legislature to turn Michigan into a state which values intolerance over reason is alarming and must be stopped. Equality Michigan is proud of our members who sent thousands of emails opposing these bills. We encouarge them to tell House leadership that they have an opportunity to do the right thing and kill these bills. We are committed to making sure that our legislators know that Michigan voters will not tolerate efforts to legalize discrimination.”