What happened to that anti-LGBTQ adoption bill?
All eyes were on House Bill 159 as this year’s legislative session started. The bill was an overhaul of Georgia’s adoption laws that would have likely passed in 2017 if an anti-LGBTQ provision weren’t added to it in the final days of the session. Gov. Nathan Deal and House Speaker David Ralston made it clear in-between sessions that passing the bill without the provision was a priority, and they got their wish on Jan. 10 when a Senate committee stripped the anti-LGBTQ language and it later passed in both chambers on the way to becoming law.
However, as January turned to February, state Sen. William Ligon (R-Brunswick) — who attached the anti-LGBTQ language to HB 159 — introduced the controversial provision as its own bill. Senate Bill 375 would “allow a child-placing agency to decline or accept a referral … and decline to perform services not referred under a contract … based on the child-placing agency’s sincerely held religious beliefs.” The bill adds that the state would be prohibited from “discriminating against or causing any adverse
March 30, 2018