The Alabama House protected faith-based adoption clinics and foster care agencies with a bill protecting them from being forced to place children with same-sex parents.
The bill passed 60-14.
Alabama passed it, according to one state representative because some other states such as Massachusetts and California among others (as well as Washington D.C.) force some agencies to violate their religious beliefs, which resulted in some Catholic agencies closing their doors.
One Democrat, Patricia Todd, who is openly gay was quoted as saying that the bill is “a direct attack against my community.”
Todd said she was concerned that the legislation would allow faith-based agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples.
So the state should discriminate against Christians seeking to help children? The state should launch a “direct attack” against the Christian community?
Update: South Dakota governor Dennis Daugaard on Friday signed into law a bill that protects the religious freedom of private child-placement agencies that won’t place children with unmarried or same-sex couples in violation of their beliefs.
Freedom is contagious?