Freedom for All Americans Calls on Michigan Governor to Veto Anti-Adoption Bills

June 10, 2015 • 5:17 pm

June 9, 2015 • Owen Loftus | oloftus@freedomforallamericans.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earlier today, the Michigan state Senate passed a series of bills that will allow publicly funded adoption agencies to turn away parents on religious grounds, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents. The RFRA-style bills are now on their way to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk. Snyder has not announced whether he will veto or sign the legislation into law, but in April he told The Detroit Free Press: “Given all the events that are happening in Indiana, I thought it would be good to clarify my position. I would veto RFRA legislation in Michigan if it is a standalone piece of legislation.”

Matt McTighe, campaign manager of Freedom for All Americans, released the following statement about the RFRA-style legislation:

“This is the same misleading and dangerous reasoning the business community and the overwhelming majority of the public summarily rejected in Indiana just a few weeks ago. This legislation will prohibit many of Michigan’s most vulnerable children from being placed with loving and capable parents. No child should be denied the right to live in a safe and loving home, but allowing taxpayer backed adoption agencies to discriminate against potential parents simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity would do exactly that.

“It’s imperative that Gov. Snyder show the rest of the nation that Michigan welcomes all families by vetoing these dangerous bills.”

Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign dedicated to ensuring every gay and transgender American is fully protected from discrimination under the law, no matter where they live. Our work brings together Republicans and Democrats, businesses big and small, people of faith, and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally.

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