What’s worse than homelessness? Having a home with two dads who are exponentially more likely to molest and abuse you than parents of the opposite sex. That’s the sentiment of the Tennessee State Senate, which passed Senate Bill (SB) 1304.
SB1304 would ensure that licensed adoption agencies cannot be forced to make child placement decisions that “violate the agency’s written religious or moral convictions or policies,” and cannot be sued, denied public funds, or be rejected for license applications on the basis of such a decision.
In short, adoption agencies that prefer not to place children with sodomites can continue to follow their conscience in the matter.
Not all Republicans were in favor of the common sense bill. The Tennessee Lt. Governor said it was unnecessary because of religious protections already on the books, and Senator Dickerson was concerned that the state would be boycotted by national sporting events (who cares about those orphans when it’s time for basketball, right?). Several other Republicans voted ‘present’ rather than to be on record for or against it (brave souls, those guys).
Senator Paul Rose, who is for the bill, said, “SB 1304 simply makes sure that these agencies can continue to do this vital work just as they do today, consistent with their religious convictions. Tennessee should welcome everyone who is dedicated to helping vulnerable children, including the many faith-based agencies that play such a crucial role in serving our most vulnerable children.”
Republican Governor, Bill Lee, has not yet said whether or not he will sign the bill into law.
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