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Sat May 6, 2017, 01:28 PM

Texas adoption agencies could ban Jews, gays, Muslims

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Parents seeking to adopt children in Texas could soon be rejected by public or private agencies with religious objections to them being Jewish, Muslim, gay, single, or interfaith couples, under a proposal advancing in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Five other states have passed similar laws protecting faith-based adoption organizations that refuse to place children with gay parents or other households on religious grounds but Texas' rule extends to state-funded agencies. Only South Dakota's is similarly sweepingly.

Republican sponsors of Texas' bill, which is poised to pass Saturday in the state House, say it is designed to support the religious freedom of adoption agencies and foster care providers.

But opponents say it robs children of stable homes while funding discrimination with taxpayer dollars.

"This would allow adoption agencies to turn away qualified, loving parents who are perhaps perfect in every way because the agency has a difference in religious belief," said Catherine Oakley, senior legislative counsel for the Human Rights Campaign. "This goes against the best interest of the child."

The bill also blatantly violates the Constitution, Oakley added.

"As a governmental entity, Texas is bound to treat people equally under the law," said Oakley. "This is a violation of equal protection under the law."

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Sat May 6, 2017, 01:30 PM

1. bless their "christian" little hearts

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Sat May 6, 2017, 01:43 PM

2. A nation of fundamentalists led by a fascist

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Sat May 6, 2017, 03:03 PM

3. It is tough living in Texas as times

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Sat May 6, 2017, 05:41 PM

4. thankfully I am no longer a resident of Texas

After living there for over 25 years I finally left last month and don't miss it at all.

Hopefully it will drag itself out of the dark ages one day but I fear the gerrymandering and voter intimidation program put in place will prevent that from happening...

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