Texas Governor Signs Sweeping Adoption Bill into Law that Eases Discrimination Against LGBT People

By Adam Polaski • June 15, 2017 • 5:10 pm

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed HB 3859 into law. The sweeping new measure allows adoption agencies and child welfare services to discriminate against same-sex couples, LGBT people, single parents, and others, based on religious beliefs. The law also endangers children – it allows foster parents to expose children in their care to potentially dangerous practices, like conversion therapy.

Kasey Suffredini, Freedom for All Americans’ Acting CEO & President of Strategy, issued the following statement:

 “This new law will have dramatic consequences on same-sex couples across Texas who are looking to open their homes and their hearts to children in need. It will have devastating consequences on LGBT youth, who now can be forced into dangerous practices like conversion therapy. Adults should always be looking out for children, and acting with their best interests at heart – and this new law runs contrary to that basic value.

Suffredini added: “With the stroke of a pen, Governor Abbott just told LGBT people of all ages and backgrounds in Texas that they’re not worthy of equal treatment under the law. This is the height of irresponsibility, but it is a reminder of why our work remains so urgent. Freedom for All Americans won’t stop working until LGBT people and families are treated fairly in every single community and state across this country.”

Signing HB 3859 into law isn’t the first anti-LGBT action Abbott has taken in recent days – he’s also summoning a costly special legislative session this summer to take up a number of items, including anti-business and anti-transgender legislation.

The anti-transgender measures are a top priority of Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, but the dangerous proposals were successfully bottled up during the regular legislative session. The special session will get underway July 18 and run through most of August.

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