Faith-based adoption agencies in Michigan will now be permitted to refuse service to gay couples seeking to adopt under a new law. Christian Today reports Governor Rick Snyder signed three bills into law that he says will help children to be placed with loving families.
He said, "The state has made significant progress in finding more homes for Michigan kids in recent years and that wouldn't be possible without the public-private partnerships that facilitate the adoption process. We are focused on ensuring that as many children are adopted to as many loving families as possible regardless of their makeup."
The law, which protects Christian adoption agencies that believe in traditional marriage, has been criticized as discriminatory to the LGBT community.
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Chad Griffin said, "Governor Rick Snyder has proven today that he has utter disdain for the welfare of children in Michigan and that he cares only about empowering backwards discrimination. This legislation keeps children in need out of the loving homes they deserve, and it sets this great state back decades."
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has already expressed its intent to file a lawsuit to void the new law.
Publication date: June 17, 2015