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Texas lawmakers ponder SD-style adoption law

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Published: May. 8, 2017 at 4:04 PM CDT
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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.

That's the potential effect of a bill in the state House.

Earlier this year, South Dakota legislators passed a similar bill that states no child-placement agency may be forced to provide services that conflict with religious beliefs or moral convictions of that agency.

Four other states have approved similar laws protecting faith-based adoption organizations that refuse to place children with gay parents or other households on religious grounds.

The proposed Texas law, like South Dakota's, includes state-funded agencies.

Republican sponsors say Texas' bill supports the religious freedom of adoption agencies and foster care providers. Opponents argue it robs children of stable homes while funding discrimination with taxpayer dollars.

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