Cagle: Pass adoption bill without ‘religious freedom’ measure
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Georgia’s Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle doesn’t want the issue of adoption to turn into a discussion on so-called “religious freedom.”
“I don’t want us to get caught up in a religious liberty debate on the adoption bill,” Cagle told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Jim Galloway. “I think that we should obviously take care of the major issue at hand. And that is, we want to expedite kids being able to be adopted in any family, a loving family, a caring family — to where they have a true future.”
The bill in question is House Bill 159, a complete overhaul of Georgia’s adoption code that hit the floor during the 2017 legislative session. On the final day of the session, the bill stalled due to an amendment offered up by state Sen. William Ligon (R-Brunswick), which offered legal protection to taxpayer-funded child placement groups that used religious grounds to refuse to place children with LGBT couples.
Cagle told the AJC he expects the adoption bill to be passed early in the 2018 session.
“I expect the committee to do its job and vet the legislation. I don’t expect the Senate to adopt a bill that they have not vetted,” he said.
Just before the bill was tabled on Sine Die, Ligon suggested to the Senate that the House had had plenty of time to review the adoption code re-do, but the Senate had not had sufficient opportunity to vet the legislation.
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle
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