The Governor of Tennessee, Bill Lee, signed a controversial law against the LGTBI collective on Saturday that allows agencies to deny adoption to anyone who violates their “moral and religious convictions.”
Those most critical of this law have indicated that it allows parents who want to adopt a child to be rejected by the agencies, while the defenders of the law have alluded to it being based on religious freedom.
“It is alarming that the Governor has signed a law that will harm the children of Tennessee,” said the president of the Human Rights Campaign, Alphonso David, to the newspaper ‘Daily News’. “Politicians must protect all citizens, not just a few,” he said, adding that Tennessee will now have the “shameful distinction” of being the first state to pass a law against the LGTBI collective.
Thus, parents may be rejected by adoption agencies if they offer a number of reasons based on their religious beliefs and beliefs.
“This law does not improve the care of children, reduces the number of future parents and is a blatant attempt to discriminate against the LGTBI collective,” said David.
For his part, the executive director of the Equality for Tennessee project, Chris Sanders, has expressed concern about what the final approval of this law may mean for the situation of the LGTBI collective in the state as a whole. “The Governor and the Assembly must put an end to this degrading public policy,” he said.