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  • Writer's pictureC. Aigner Ellis

Nashville City Council Condemns Anti-LGBT Adoption Bill

On the record with their disappointment.

HB 836/SB 1304 was the first bill passed and signed into law this year in Tennessee. The bill allows faith-based, private adoption agencies to deny certain couples. The law prohibits privately licensed agencies from being required to perform, assist, consent to, refer, or participate in a foster placement or adoption of a child with a family that would violate the agency's written religious or moral convictions.

A handful of states to date have enacted similar legislation including Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, South Dakota, North Dakota, Virginia, Mississippi, and Michigan. But Michigan agreed in settling a lawsuit to no longer turn away LGBT couples or individuals because of religious objections.z

President Donald Trump's administration is currently proposing a rule that would impose the same protections for organizations to discriminate.

Earlier this year the city of Nashville passed an official resolution condemning the state's actions.

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