Republicans Introduce Bill to Protect Faith-Based Foster Care Providers Who Refuse to Place Children With Same-sex Couples

Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah)

Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) is joining 22 other colleagues in introducing the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, which aims to protect organizations that provide adoption and foster care services from discrimination based on their religious or moral beliefs.

In a Wednesday state, Senator Lee says, “Religious institutions and faith-based groups have long provided some of the best adoption services in the country. This bill will protect their right to keep doing so in accordance with their beliefs, and ensure that children are not unnecessarily prevented from being adopted into loving homes.”

Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.), who is also presenting the bill, says, “At a time when religious freedoms are under assault, the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act is a necessary protection for those who are living according to their convictions. I am grateful my colleagues are standing with me to protect this most fundamental right.”

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In the House, Representative Mike Kelly (R-Penn.) introduced companion legislation.

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SOURCE: ABC4 Utah, Addy Bink

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