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Georgia — Governor Opposes Adoption Agency Discrimination Bill

According to this article, the Georgia Republican governor, Nathan Deal, has stated that he opposes the addition of a religious liberty provision in an otherwise “good” adoption bill.  Governor Deal vetoed a religious liberty provision last year.  

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Georgia — Religious Discrimination Bill Advances in Senate for Adoption Agencies

According to this article, the Georgia Senate advanced a bill allowing private adoption agencies who receive state funds to discriminate against families based on religious beliefs 

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Alabama — Considering Legal Discrimination Loophole to “Protect” Adoption Agencies

According to this article, Alabama is considering joining four other states – South Dakota, Michigan, North Dakota, and Virginia – in passing a law establishing legal protections for adoption agencies to discriminate against families based on their religious beliefs.

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Virginia -> Concerns Raised Over Ten-Year Wait For Ex-Felons To Adopt

According to this article, a person convicted of a felony must wait ten years to adopt in Virginia; however,  other states near Virginia only require a five-year waiting period after a felony conviction to adopt.  

The article questions whether a set waiting period is really in a child’s best interest and suggests a solution of permitting Judges to make determinations on a case-by-case basis.

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Kentucky -> Adoption Task Force Set Up to Improve Adoption Processing Times

According to this article, a Kentucky state lawmaker seeks to improve the processing paperwork, time, and costs involved in an adoption by creating a task force focused on making the process easier for adoptive parents. 

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South Dakota – Governor Signs Law Friday “Protecting” Faith Based Adoption Agencies

The conservative panic that South Dakota’s Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard would not sign a bill “protecting” faith based adoption agencies appears to have been misguided.  The conservative fear was that the Governor was not seeking reelection and had a tiny history of bucking the conservative party line on gun rights.  This caused some to believe that the Governor might not sign the bill.   However, this past Friday, Governor Daugaard signed the bill establishing legal protections for adoption agencies who discriminate based on their religious beliefs according to this article

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South Dakota -> Uncertainty Over Governor Signing Religious Adoption Agency Bill Into Law

According to this article, South Dakota’s Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard is not a lock on signing South Dakota’s religious adoption agency bill into law.  This bill would allow adoption agencies to discriminate against families based on the agency’s religious beliefs.

The uncertainty over Governor Dauggard stems from the Governor not seeking reelection along with his past history of refusing to sign into law bills advanced by the conservative party regarding transgender restrooms and expansion of gun rights.

So far, three states – Michigan, North Dakota, and Virginia – have laws establishing “religious freedoms” for adoption agencies.

 

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Alabama -> Bill Aims to Legislate Religious Discrimination to “Protect” 30% of State Adoption Agencies

According to this report, an Alabama bill is advancing to “protect” religious adoption agencies by allowing them to discriminate against gay families on the basis of religious beliefs.  The aim of the bill is to exclude religious agencies from anti-discrimination laws and allow the discriminating agencies to accept State of Alabama dollars.

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Alabama -> Report Alabama Lawmakers Considering Legislation to “Protect” Christian Adoption Agencies

Here’s a report that legislators in Alabama are considering legislation similar to South Dakota to “protect” Christian adoption agencies.

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Kentucky -> State Income Adoption Tax Credit Proposed

According to this report, Kentucky State House Democrat Caucus Leader Rocky Adkins filed a house bill seeking to help Kentucky families with adoption costs by providing Kentucky residents with a proposed state adoption tax credit.

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