Tennessee Governor Bill Lee made a big announcement recently that he would be signing a bill into law that would be a first for the country and something that we've not really seen much of before in regards to adoption.

Gov. Lee said that he would be signing into law a bill that would ensure that tax-payer funding to faith-based foster care and adoption organizations would continue even if they decide to exclude LGBTQ families from having the ability to adopt from their agency.

So if a religious-based adoption agency receives tax-payer funds to help run the agency, they will be allowed to prohibit LGBTQ families from adopting from their agency.

According to NBC,

The GOP-controlled Senate gave the bill final passage on the first day of the 2020 legislative session after it was initially approved by the House last April. The bill was sent to the Republican governor amid warnings by critics of possible negative consequences for Tennessee’s reputation.

Lee’s communication director, Chris Walker, confirmed in a statement Tuesday evening that the governor would sign the bill. Earlier, before the Senate vote, Lee declined to weigh in after saying he had not read the two-page bill.

“We are off to a fine start this session,” state Sen. Steve Dickerson joked while debating against the bill earlier as the lone Republican opposed.

Tennessee isn't the first state to have measures that are similar to those which defend religious beliefs. Other states that have already enacted similar legislation including Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, South Dakota, North Dakota, Virginia, Mississippi, and Michigan.

This deals quite a heavy blow to the LGBTQ community which is definitely a good thing. These people can't or don't want to reproduce and I don't think that they necessarily should, given how they'd likely raise that child up in a terrible environment and persuade them to be LGBTQ as well. So if that's the case, we really may not want them adopting other people's children.

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