As other US states have defunded adoption agencies that won’t place children with same-sex couples, the Tennessee House on Monday passed a bill meant to ensure these agencies’ religious freedom.
HB 836 was passed in the lower house of the state legislature April 1 by a 67-22 vote.
The bill would grant legal protections to adoption organizations which uphold marriage as a union between a man and woman and provides its services accordingly.
It is sponsored by Representative Tim Rudd and five other Republicans.
The bill now faces the GOP-controlled Senate. Governor Bill Lee, also a Republican, has not yet given his position on the bill.
The measure protects religious agencies from being subjected to lawsuits for not placing children with same-sex couples. It also states that the department of children’s services cannot withhold a license from agencies that do so.