Today, in addition to passing a Religious Freedom Restoration Act through the Michigan House of Representatives, the Michigan legislative body also resurrected three bills that would allow adoption or foster care providers to refuse service on the basis of their personal religious objections—the consequences of which would be disastrous. These four bills now head to the Senate, where they may likely pass this week.
These bills would enshrine special discrimination rights into Michigan law. They would allow a religious adoption agency from a non-Christian faith to deny service to a straight, Christian couple. A single parent seeking to foster a child in need could be turned away no questions asked. And of course, this law would also allow rampant discrimination against committed and loving LGBT couples. [HRC]