LANSING, MI (AP) – The state House is expected to vote on bills that proponents say would codify the existing practice of allowing religious objections to adoptions.
The package of three bills 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.
A vote is likely Wednesday.
The legislation passed through the House last session but didn’t receive Senate approval before 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 for any arbitrary reason.