Alabama Senate will debate and vote on bill addressing church childcare exemptions

Lester Mason
February 25, 2018

"I applaud the Senate Judiciary Committee's decision to move this important legislation forward and ask that the Senate pass it without delay".

Republican state senator William Ligon introduced the bill earlier this month after attempting it previous year. It goes to the Senate after passing the judiciary committee February 20.

Committee members voted unanimously Wednesday for the House-passed bill described as a compromise between child welfare advocates and church centers.

But opponents of the measure say it would effectively allow state-sanctioned discrimination by adoption agencies. The bill would make no exceptions for cases of rape or incest. "The legislation puts the religious beliefs of those who serve kids above the kids themselves, and that's why I have a particular problem with this".

"We can't let lawmakers forget what's at stake".

"This proposition that we should. protect agencies that are gonna deny loving families the opportunity to adopt a child from our foster care system is just backward on its face", said Sen.

Supporters of the measure say that it is in the best interest of children in the foster care system to allow the broadest number of agencies to operate. And SB 375 could deal a serious blow to our chances of landing Amazon's new headquarters.

Opposing the bill are Georgia Equality, as well as First Data, a global-commerce corporation based in Atlanta, and both the metro Atlanta and Georgia chambers of commerce. "Rush a message to your senator now letting them know Georgia simply can not afford this license to discriminate, SB 375".

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