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Adoption bills approved in House committee chaired by Representative Kurtz

LANSING, MI (WTVB) - Adoption agencies can object to child placements in Michigan based on moral or religious convictions under bills that moved out of a House committee Wednesday afternoon. The House Families, Children and Seniors Committee headed up by Republican Representative Ken Kurtz of Coldwater sent new versions of the three bills to the House floor. The bills come as courts in more states allow same-sex couples to adopt children, a phenomenon that has not taken a firm hold in Michigan, yet. According to the Michigan Catholic Conference, religious-based adoption agencies in Massachusetts, Illinois and San Francisco are shutting down because they are being put in situations where they are being forced to offer services that run counter to their religious beliefs.

The MIRS News Agency said Kurtz noted that two prior hearings were held on the bills and it was clear who supported the bills and who opposed them. The new versions read that faith-based agencies could not refuse an adoption after the completion of an assessment of a prospective family if their refusal would cause harm to the children.