LANSING, MI (AP/WLNS) – Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a law letting faith-based adoption agencies with state contracts decline to participate in referrals that violate their beliefs.
The Republican governor told The Associated Press Thursday that the legislation codifies existing state practice for private agencies with contracts to place children and ensures as many organizations as possible are involved in helping kids be adopted.
“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,” said Governor Snyder. “We are focused on ensuring that as many children are adopted to as many loving families as possible regardless of their makeup.”
Critics say the law amounts to government-sanctioned discrimination against gay couples and compare it to a religious objections measure in Indiana that had to be softened after a backlash.
The Republican-controlled Legislature approved the bills Wednesday.
Agencies with religious objections to a prospective adoption would have to refer an applicant to another willing and able agency or to a state website listing other providers.