Texas adoption agencies could ban Jews, gays, Muslims
Parents seeking to adopt children in Texas could soon be rejected by state-funded or private agencies with religious objections to them being Jewish, Muslim, gay, single, or interfaith couples, under a proposal in the Republican-controlled 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.
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 are private and faithbased but receive state funds.
But opponents say it robs children of stable homes while funding discrimination with taxpayer dollars. The bill also blatantly violates the Constitution, they charge.