Georgia Passes Bill: Adoption Agencies May Deny Gay Couples

Keely Sharp
Written by Keely Sharp

As a Conservative and a Christian, I am pro-traditional families. I believe the the best foundation for a child’s upbringing is with a mother and father.

With that being said, I am also extremely pro-life. That does not mean I am only an advocate for the unborn, but for those children born and left in the system. I have had my heart set on adopting for as long as I can remember. If children have an opportunity to be adopted into a loving home, and taken out of government care, it breaks my heart to know that they may be denied that opportunity if the agency does not like that the adopters are gay.

It is an extremely hard fence to ride, but I honestly cannot stand on either side in full agreement.

Georgia state senate recently passed a bill that will give adoption agencies the power to do just that. It passed with a whopping 35-19 vote and is now heading to the House.

LGBTQ Nation reports: 

Senate Bill 375, called the “Keep Faith in Adoption and Foster Care Act,” was introduced earlier this month by state Sen. William Ligon (R-Brunswick), who added similar language to an adoption overhaul at the end of last year’s legislative session, causing the bill to stall.

A Senate Judiciary sub-committee met on Feb. 8 to take up the bill, moving to send it on to the full committee, which passed the bill on Feb. 20.

Senators debated the bill for over an hour, and the 2015 Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage was a hot topic throughout, with several senators who support the bill quoting directly from the ruling.

 

State Sen. Nan Orrock said, “The aspersion cast that a same-sex couple cannot constitute a faith-based family — what are we saying here? As the senator from Dekalb has pointed out, things have changed here, and now the law of the land has changed. It means that LGBT people are now protected and it took a long, long battle in the streets and in the courts to have that affirmed.”

“This proposition that we should encourage agencies and change our law and protect agencies that are going to deny loving families the opportunity to adopt is backwards on its face,” she continued.

“You want more families coming forward to adopt children and reduce the load of children stuck in the foster system? The way that you do that is not to bar LGBT couples from adopting,” Orrock added, “It’s a slap in the face to same-sex couples that would consider adoption.”

 

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