Michigan considers bill to let religious agencies deny adoptions based on faith

A bill to allow religious agencies the right to deny adoptions based on their faith is gaining traction in Lansing.

Opponents say the bill unfairly targets same-sex couples but that may not stop the bill from becoming law.

A Michigan court has ruled gay couples can adopt children but the Supreme Court has yet to decide if that's right. In Lansing, other legislation could change change that. 

State lawmakers are considering a bill that has already passed a House Republican-controlled committee that allows faith-based adoption agencies to decide where children are placed. Opponents say it violates the rights of the children. Mary Pollack with Michigan N.O.W. calls it 'irrational'.

"Their religious belief, which I think is irrational bias, should prevail over the interest of the child," Pollack said.

The N.O.W. director contends 200,000 children may be at risk and some may not be adopted. The sponsor of the bill, State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, disagrees, contending all she is doing it is putting into law what the state is already doing.

"It seems to be working just find today. We have 80% high adoptive placement rate, we're ensuring the diversity of the agencies throughout the future, and making sure children have forever homes throughout Michigan," LaFontaine said.

The committee chair reports 45% of all adoptions in Michigan are done by faith-based organizations and this legislation is not discriminatory at all. 

The controversial measure goes to the house floor for more debate. it's expected to pass.
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