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Testimony Heard On Michigan Adoption Agency Discrimination Bills

Flag_of_Michigan.svgThe Michigan House Committee on Families, Children and Seniors has adjourned without taking a vote on two bills that would allow adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBT people; however, they will meet again at a later date to take additional evidence regarding House Bills 4927 and 4928.

Equality Michigan managing director Emily Dievendorf testified at the committee along with several parents and advocates.

These bills would threaten the placement of some 3,000 foster care children. What makes these bills so vile and difficult is the fact that they acknowledge that denying a couple a child based upon the religious or moral convictions of the agency handling the adoption does not imply “that the proposed adoption is not in the best interest of the adoptee.”

EqualityMichiganPPACSimply put, it would allow the agencies to discriminate without allowing any benefits for the children, and would allow these agencies to discriminate on the taxpayer’s dime.

Deivendorf stated in her testimony that “Today’s committee hearing is, once again, wasting our money on bills that do nothing to help the 14,000 children residing in foster care in Michigan. Anyone who stands between a child and the loving and capable family they so desperately need is not focusing on solutions, but instead adding to the problems of these young people. We can do better at caring for our most vulnerable, and we owe it to these children and to Michigan to spend more time trying.”

Currently, Michigan does not allow for same-sex couples to adopt children, but the bills are being proposed in case a lawsuit seeking that is successful, and another lawsuit seeking to obtain same-sex marriage rights in the state also succeeds.

Republican lawmakers are behind the push to enshrine this discrimination in the state’s laws.

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