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Michigan Republicans Push To Allow Adoption Agencies To Discriminate

The Michigan State House, Lansing

The Michigan State House, Lansing

This is not surprising news. A group of Michigan House Republicans are, once again, proposing legislation to allow for discrimination when it comes to placing children with adoptive families. Their last attempts never got a full vote on the House Floor. This time, however, they are being blatant that this is pretty much about discrimination.

The Michigan bills
(HB 4927 and HB 4928) include language stating that “A child placing agency is not required to perform, assist, counsel, recommend, facilitate, refer, or participate in a placement that violates the child placing agency’s written or moral convictions or policies. A state or local government entity may not deny a child placing agency a grant, contract, or participation in a government program because of the child place agency’s objection to performing, assisting, counseling, recommending, facilitating, referring, or participating in a placement that violates the child placing agency’s written religious or moral convictions or policies.”

Flag_of_Michigan.svgThere is wording in the bills which largely make it clear that this has nothing to do with whether or not such placement would be for the good of the children involved. One passage reads “Refusal by a child placing agency to perform, assist, counsel, recommend, facilitate, refer, or participate in a placement that violates the child placing agency’s written religious or moral convictions or policies does not constitute a determination that the proposed adoption is not in the best interests of the adoptee.”

Currently, same-sex couples are not allowed to adopt in Michigan, but that could change as a lawsuit challenging not only the adoption laws in the state, but also the state’s ban on same-sex marriage move forward. Choosing to use Russian logic here, both Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette have argued that the laws do not discriminate against anyone even though they clearly do.

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