Adoption Agencies Could Refuse Service To Same-Sex Couples

(WLNS) – The votes are in and the bills have passed.

On Wednesday the Michigan House approved a package of bills that would allow adoption agencies to refuse service to same-sex couples.

6 News Intern Cat Reid was at the Capitol and tells us more.

It was a divisive day at the Michigan State Capitol.

A package of bills allowing adoption agencies to refuse services on moral grounds was at the center of it all.

And so was the first amendment. Republicans say the bills protect freedom of religion.

“Their goal at these agencies, with faith based agencies, which we addressed today or the public ones, is to find the best fit because they’re going to last forever. They’re going to be a good fit forever,” said Eric Leutheuser (r), 58th District.

But the opposition, including the ACLU says the bills are a case of first amendment interpretation gone wrong.

“Religious liberty isn’t about imposing your religion on someone else. You know we are fully supportive of religious liberty, but that doesn’t mean you can tell someone else they have to live by your religious rules,” said Shelli Weisberg, director, ACLU of Michigan.

Democrats on the floor were very vocal with their opposition.

Several representatives said states with LGBT friendly policies have higher rates of adoption and passing these bills would not only hurt the kids…but also burden the state budget with foster care costs.

But their arguments could not sway republicans.

At the end of the day, only one republican, Representative Mike Carlton, voted against the bills.

Weisberg says the result shows an out of touch congress in Michigan.

“They don’t represent, I think the American public or certainly not the Michigan public.”

The bills will now head to the Michigan Senate.

The ACLU says it will “sue the state for discrimination” if the bills pass there and become law.

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