What hap­pened to that anti-LGBTQ adop­tion bill?

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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

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