New Michigan Law Allows Adoption Agencies To Reject Atheist Parents

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A new Michigan law allows publicly funded adoption agencies to discriminate against potential parents on the basis of religion.

By Michael Stone|Progressive Secular Humanist

Under the new law, unmarried couples, same-sex couples, couples who hold different religious beliefs, and couples who hold no religious beliefs at all, will be denied the opportunity to offer a child in need a safe and loving home by state-funded, faith-based, adoption agencies.

Earlier this week Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, a Republican, signed the controversial religious objection adoption legislation into law. The legislation (which is actually composed of three new laws) allows adoption agencies that contract with the state to decline service to prospective parents on religious grounds.

Catholic leaders and evangelical Christians claim the new law will help preserve religious liberty, but many others object to the Republican backed legislation.

House Minority Leader Tim Greimel, D-Auburn Hills, said he was “bitterly disappointed” by Snyder’s decision to sign the bills into law.

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