Texas governor approves adoption bill that critics contend discriminates

"My guess is if you have an LGBT agency, they're going to pick an LGBT family, and if you have a Baptist agency, they may be more likely to pick a Baptist family", Frank said.

Other states with laws allowing adoption agencies to deny placement to LGBT households are Michigan, South Dakota, North Dakota, Virginia and Alabama.

As NCRM reported in late May when the bill had passed both Houses of the Texas legislature, the text of the bill makes clear its true intent.

Last month the Texas Senate approved the controversial and draconian "Religious Refusal" adoption measure that would allow "publicly funded foster care and adoption agencies to refuse to place children with non-Christian, unmarried or gay prospective parents because of religious objections, unmarried or gay prospective parents because of religious objections".

Robert Oscar Lopez, a leader in exposing the dangers of homosexual parenting as one who himself was raised by lesbians, hailed Abbott's signing of HB 3589 as "wonderful news".

It also means faith-based agencies can "place a child in a religious school; deny referrals for certain contraceptives, drugs or devices; and refuse to contract with other organizations that don't share their religious beliefs", according to the publication.

Reporter John Moritz, who covers Texas government and politics for the USA Today Network, says one theme of the governor's vetoes was state versus local control.

"Conscience protections allow our faith-based providers to continue to be a safe and loving refuge for children in crisis and to accompany them on their journey to healing and wholeness, breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect one child at a time".

"We don't want to place children in these homes unless it is absolutely necessary - and it is nearly never necessary", he told LifeSiteNews.

"Children need families, not facilities".

When Donald Trump won the presidential election last fall, the news anxious LGBTQ+ rights groups, to say the least. Texas has seen legislative overtime before, but nothing packed quite like this.

The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops was among the religious groups that supported the bill, arguing it would allow the church the "freedom to serve children in line with our mission based values".

"A child welfare services provider may not be required to provide any service that conflicts with the provider's sincerely held religious beliefs". "This law was never about the best interests of Texans or of children, but about forwarding a political agenda to codify the permission to discriminate against LGBTQ Texans into state law".

  • Larry Hoffman