Bills would allow religious objections for adoption

Associated Press

Lansing — A package of bills allowing religious objections for adoptions is making its way back through Michigan’s House after dying in last year’s lame-duck session.

The bills, approved by a 5-3 party line vote in the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee on Wednesday, would allow adoption agencies to refuse to provide services based on religious beliefs. The package would also prevent state or local governments from taking action against adoption agencies for such a choice, including refusing to issue a license or provide funding.

The legislation made it through the House last session but didn’t receive Senate approval before the session ended.

Bill sponsors say no one will be prevented from adopting in Michigan, but some opponents say the package would allow discrimination against prospective adoptive parents based on any arbitrary reason.