Georgia Senate Approves Ban on LGBTQ Adoptions

A Georgia Senate committee amended a bill modernizing the state’s adoption laws to allow agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ people seeking adoptions.

The amendment was added to House Bill 159. It would allow private agencies that receive state funds to refuse a adoptive or foster parents based on the “child-placing agency’s mission”.

LGBTQ advocates condemned the amendment, stating that it opened the door to discriminating against the LGBTQ community made them “second-class citizens.” Georgia Unites Against Discrimination blasted the amendment as “shameful.”

The Judiciary Committee approved the amendment 7-4 along party lines. The seven Republicans voting in favor of the amendment and the four no votes came from Democrats.

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