Texas adop­tion agen­cies could ban Jews, gays, Mus­lims

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - MERED­ITH HOFF­MAN

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.

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