Michigan Governor Signs RFRA-like Adoption BillsJune 11, 2015 • 2:22 pm
June 11, 2015 | Owen Loftus | [email protected]
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This afternoon, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law a series of RFRA-like bills that allow taxpayer funded adoption agencies to turn away parents on religious grounds, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.
Snyder signed the RFRA-like bills into law, despite telling The Detroit Free Press that he would veto RFRA legislation, stating:
“Given all the events that are happening in Indiana, I thought it would be good to clarify my position. I would veto RFRA legislation in Michigan if it is a standalone piece of legislation.”
Matt McTighe, campaign manager of Freedom for All Americans, released the following statement about the new laws:
“Despite promises to the contrary and strong opposition from Michigan’s business and faith communities, as well as the public at large, Gov. Snyder signed RFRA-like anti-adoption bills into law. Under these new laws, taxpayer backed adoption agencies can legally discriminate against capable and loving parents, simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Sadly, these laws will prevent some of the state’s most helpless children from being placed in safe, loving homes.”
“What happened today in Michigan is part of a growing trend that we’re seeing in states across the nation. Due to the public’s backlash against Indiana’s RFRA-law, states are now trying to push a piecemeal approach to codify discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.”
Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign dedicated to ensuring every gay and transgender American is fully protected from discrimination under the law, no matter where they live. Our work brings together Republicans and Democrats, businesses big and small, people of faith, and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally.