Michigan Governor Signs Bills Protecting Christian Adoption Agencies

protectmarriagerallyIt is beyond dispute at least among honest people that children are generally better off physically, emotionally, and economically living with their married, biological parents.

Children who don’t have either biological parent, married or not, ideally should be placed in homes with a married couple if adopted. Christian adoption agencies naturally are concerned about placing these children into Christian homes as well. That should be the organization’s faith-based prerogative. But special rights for homosexuals are beginning to trump all.

Lawmakers in Michigan sought to protect the religious freedom of state-funded religious adoption agencies that want to avoid placing children in homosexual households. Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, recently signed these bills into law. From Christian Today:

Snyder signed the bills despite criticisms that the law is tantamount to imposing a government approved discrimination against LGBT couples.

He signed House Bills 4188, 4189 and 4190 to “help continue Michigan’s successful placement of children with loving families by codifying current adoption practices within the state.”

“The state has made significant progress in finding more homes for Michigan kids in recent years and that wouldn’t be possible without the public-private partnerships that facilitate the adoption process,” Snyder said. “We are focused on ensuring that as many children are adopted to as many loving families as possible regardless of their makeup.”

Christian Today notes that the governor opposed a law that would protect the religious freedom of business owners who refused to service homosexual “weddings.” I guess he’s more circumspect when it comes to children.

In related news Republican Gov. Rick Scott of Florida removed Christian adoption agencies’ religious freedom protections. Such agencies will be penalized if they refuse to place children with homosexuals.

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