New Texas bill could allow adoption agencies to reject LGBT, Jewish, Muslim, parents

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AUSTIN, TEXAS–Parents seeking to adopt children in Texas could soon be rejected by state-funded or private agencies with religious objections to Jewish, Muslim, gay, single or interfaith couples, under a proposal in the Republican-controlled state legislature.

Five other states have passed similar laws protecting faith-based adoption organizations that refuse to place children with gay parents or other households on religious grounds — but Texas’s rule would extend to state-funded agencies. Only South Dakota’s is similarly sweeping.

The bill had been scheduled for debate and approval Saturday in the state house, but lawmakers got bogged down with other matters. It now is expected to come up next week.

Republican sponsors of Texas’s bill say it is designed to support the religious freedom of adoption agencies and foster care providers. Many of the agencies and are private and faith-based but receive state funds.

But opponents say it robs children of stable homes while funding discrimination with taxpayer dollars.

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