Gov. Snyder signs bill letting adoption agencies decline referrals

Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law Thursday that he says helps ensure Michigan children up for adoption the best opportunity to be placed in loving homes.

Snyder signed the law allowing faith based adoption agencies that have state contracts the right to decline to participate in referrals that violate their beliefs.

This means under the legislation, faith-based agencies that contract with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services can operate in accordance with their beliefs.

Bethany Christian Services, a faith-based adoption agency applauds Snyder's actions.

In a statement to Fox 2 they say:

"The law does not restrict anyone from participating in foster care or adoption, but it does preserve for faith-based agencies the freedom to be faithful to our convictions."

But not everyone agrees,  including Regina Calcagno of Michigan for Marriage.

"This is a huge mistake for Michigan," she said. "These bills are nothing but a license to discriminate not only for gay and lesbian couples but also an individual."

Michigan for Marriage is a public campaign in support of marriage equality.

The organization says not only is the law a license to discriminate it will also hurt kids in need of loving homes.

"This bill is going to leave kids stuck in foster care," Calcagno said. "When they could be placed into homes with families. This law is a mistake for our entire state."

Snyder said in a statement Thursday that the state is, "focused on ensuring that as many children are adopted to as many loving families as possible regardless of their makeup."
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