Tennessee bills aim to let adoption agencies deny couples based on religious beliefs
Two bills proposed in the Tennessee legislature would allow adoption agencies to deny services to people based on their religious beliefs.
The first bill states adoption agencies would not be required to provide services to a couple if it would conflict with the agency's "sincerely held religious beliefs."
It reads: "As introduced, specifies that a child-placing agency shall not be required to provide adoption services that conflict with the agency's sincerely held religious beliefs; prohibits adverse action by an agency of state or local government against a child-placing agency for declining to provide services that conflict with the agency's sincerely held religious beliefs."
That bill would also prevent state and local governments from taking adverse action against the agency.
A second bill would allow similar restrictions based on religious beliefs, but this bill would prevent a couple from suing the adoption agency for refusing to provide services.
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