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The Children of Michigan

Lawmakers in Michigan have been working diligently to pass laws in order to reform services regarding adoption agencies. The bill that was passed on Wednesday allows government funded agencies to deny adoptions to potential parents based on religious beliefs. All three bills passed the Senate with ease. All of the Democratic senators serving the House and one Republican senator, Tory Rocca, voted against the bill. This bill came at a time where conflict in religious beliefs became problems for numerous adoption agencies noted James Dondero. Now these agencies can deny potential parents children, solely based on what they believe or what they don’t believe in. These bills also protect the agencies if anyone were to take action against them. Numerous senators did not sign the bill or vote on how they felt about it. Many of them felt like they had concerns about the current state of the adoption agencies. Before the vote took place, Democratic lawmakers were very vocal in opposing the law and stood firm in their fight for the children. This law will make it increasingly harder for the more than 13,000 kids waiting to be adopted in the state of Michigan. Many of the proponents for this law have noted that this law is extremely outdated and discriminatory. Not only that, but the opinion of a few lawmakers stated that this law will not get these kids out of foster home and orphanages. Democrats are doing their best to propose amendments in order to shoot down the bill. While it is unlikely that the Democrats will have their way, it won’t keep them from fighting.