SourceMichigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed a law Thursday that will allow faith-based adoption agencies to cite religious beliefs as reason to not serve potential adoptive parents.
The governor said in a statement that the new legislation is aligned with the state's existing adoption practices.
After the package of bills passed the legislature on Wednesday, Snyder's office said the governor would review it closely.
"The state has made significant progress in finding more forever homes for Michigan kids in recent years and that wouldn’t be possible without the public-private partnerships that facilitate the adoption process," Snyder said in a statement Thursday. "We are focused on ensuring that as many children are adopted to as many loving families as possible regardless of their makeup."
Critics of the legislation, however, say the bills give agencies license to discriminate against potential parents based on sexual orientation, religion and marital status -- while still being funded by taxpayers.
The law allows agencies to deny services if they conflict with "sincerely held religious beliefs contained in a written policy." It also prohibits the state from taking any action against agencies that do so, including stripping public funds or otherwise "discriminating" against them.
So much for the best interests of the children.
And the fact that these agencies can discriminate without repercussion and still receive public funds is ridiculous.