Texas House Oks adoption agencies barring LGBT families

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As on Saturday, the state house will have the potential to pass the bill for an immediate effect, which will raise many questions from other religious as well as LGBT people in and outside the state of the Texas.

Religious adoption agencies also would be allowed to refuse to provide or facilitate abortion services and contraception to teens under their care and could require children under their care receive religious education.

Megan Lestino, vice-president of public policy for the National Adoption Council, said she knows about faith-based adoption agencies across the USA that have denied LGBT and other prospective parents.

Democratic lawmakers believe the bill will give religious groups license to discriminate against divorced, LGBT or non-Christian parents to want to foster or adopt. Jessica Farrar of Houston. A vast array of things could be classified as a "sincerely held religious belief", they said.

"It's not surprising to me that this sort of bill would come to the floor of the state legislature given our current political climate, Sralla said".

James Frank (R-Wichita Falls), would prohibit the state or any state contractors from taking "adverse action" against a child welfare services provider that declines to provide a child-care service that conflicts with their religious beliefs. "The bill says you can be referred to another agency, but there's no mechanism to set that up".

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The legislation passed by a 94-51 vote - which was mostly among party lines, except for three Democrats who supported the bill - after several hours of debate, many proposed amendments design to weaken the bill, and multiple procedural attempts to kill the bill. Republicans reject claims that the law will lead to racial profiling and say it's needed to keep criminals off the streets.

The Texas House has given its final approval to such a measure - despite resistance from many Democrats. Numerous agencies are private and faith-based but receive state funds.

South Dakota passed a similar law earlier this year that allows state-funded adoption agencies to refuse to serve same-sex couples.

A statement about the bill provided to CNN by Frank's office says that "HB 3859 protects the rights of the faith-based organizations to exercise their religious mission to serve others without fear of retaliation".

Abbott has declared fixing child protective services a priority in the face of rising investigator caseloads and child deaths.

"This goes against the best interest of the child", she said. There are now 17 pending bills that encourage discrimination in the Texas Legislature, according to the ACLU. "As a mother, it's infuriating to see anti-LGBTQ politicians do literally anything, including harming a child's future, to drive their discriminatory anti-LGBTQ political agendas forward", said Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD. Statler said there are 15,000 children in foster care in Texas, and about a quarter were placed by Christian agencies.

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