Michigan legislators on the state House Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors have passed three bills that would give taxpayer-funded adoption agencies the right to deny an adoption placement based on that agency’s moral or religious beliefs. This is an anti-LGBT bill, no doubt about it — but it is the children needing homes who will suffer the most. Here’s what you can do to help stop these bills from going any further.
Equality Michigan, which is fighting the bills, informs us:
Michigan has 14,000 children in foster care at any one time. These bills could threaten the placement of the over 3,000 foster care children whose biological parents’ rights have been terminated and who are just waiting for homes. Yet the bills acknowledge that denying a couple based on religious or moral convictions does not imply “that the proposed adoption is not in the best interests of the adoptee.” Additionally, the bills protect public funding for agencies choosing to discriminate.
In other Michigan news, State Attorney General Bill Schuette filed an uninformed and insulting official brief in the lawsuit seeking marriage equality and joint adoption rights for same-sex couples. He stated that he is against marriage equality because the purpose of marriage is “to regulate sexual relationships between men and women so that the unique procreative capacity of such relationships benefits rather than harms society.”
Got that? Same-sex couples shouldn’t be allowed to marry, since marriage is all about controlling the otherwise damaging sexual impulses of different-sex couples. It’s the same argument made during almost every other marriage equality lawsuit, and it’s just as ridiculous.
Sending good thoughts to all of you in Michigan. Here’s hoping fairness prevails in the Great Lakes State.