Republicans are trying to pass a bill that would stop same-sex couples adopting in Georgia
A bill that would allow adoption agencies to turn away same-sex couples has passed the Georgia Senate Judiciary Committee.
Introduced by Republican state senator William Ligon, Senate Bill 375, the Keep Faith in Adoption and Foster Care Act, would allow agencies to practice religious freedom and refuse same-sex couples.
The anti-LGBTQ bill is set to go to the Senate after it passed the committee earlier this week (February 20).
A similar bill was proposed by Ligon last year but it failed.
He insists that it will allow “more opportunities for adoption”, not less.
However, LGBTQ activists in the state have slammed the bill.
Jeff Graham, the executive director of Georgia Equality, said that there would be “no winners in SB 375”.
Critics of SB 375 fear that as well as discriminating against same-sex couples who hope to adopt, it will also put young LGBTQ people in the adoption system at risk.
Graham said: “This bill does not help the thousands of young people in our state’s adoption and foster-care system.
“It doesn’t help loving parents who are looking to open their homes to children in need.”
They added that children will be “denied permanent and loving homes” and “potential parents coldly turned away simply because of who they are”.
Georgia Equality is working with First Data, metro Atlanta and the Georgia chamber of commerce to oppose the bill.
Democratic state senator Elena Parent added that the bill would be a detriment to the state and could seriously harm the children who are in the social care system.
“There are LGBT kids who are in the system and they’re more likely to be in the system than kids who don’t identify as lesbian or gay, so I think there’s a real question about whether they could be harmed,” Parent said.
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