GEORGIA: Senate Approves Anti-LGBT Adoption Bill

The Georgia Voice reports:

The Georgia Senate on Friday morning passed a bill that would allow adoption agencies to refuse to place children with same-sex couples based on their religious beliefs. The bill would also prohibit the Georgia Department of Human Services from taking “adverse action” against such agencies. The bill passed 35-19 and will now head to the House for consideration.

Senate Bill 375, called the “Keep Faith in Adoption and Foster Care Act,” was introduced earlier this month by state Sen. William Ligon (photo), who added similar language to an adoption overhaul at the end of last year’s legislative session, causing the bill to stall. A Senate Judiciary sub-committee met on Feb. 8 to take up the bill, moving to send it on to the full committee, which passed the bill on Feb. 20.

Senators debated the bill for over an hour, and the 2015 Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage was a hot topic throughout, with several senators who support the bill quoting directly from the ruling. Sen. Ligon and other supporters of the bill continued to try and make the case that passage of the bill would lead to more adoption opportunities in the state and not less.

The bill now moves to the Georgia House.

  • Tread

    Next Democratic president, it’s time to punish states who pass shit like this. You want to discriminate against minorities? You lose all federal funding.

    • Ninja0980

      Yup, enough is enough.

  • Lazycrockett

    Hello Supreme Court.

  • Next up, they’ll let adoption agencies discriminate on the basis of gender, religion or race, just by playing the “my omnipotent imaginary friend told me to” rationale.

    • Ninja0980

      That is the road this will end up going down, despite folks thinking it won’t happen.

    • It’s illegal to discriminate based on religion or race. Discrimination against gay people is still legal.

  • bkmn

    If you can afford a donation here are some links:

  • Rex

    The bigoted south shall rise again.

    • KCMC

      Hasn’t it always been half turgid?

  • Rebecca Gardner

    What the fuck is wrong with these people?
    Kids are dying in our schools.
    Our climate is being damaged.
    Our infrastructure is crumbling.
    Hey, that’s just fine. We need to focus on making sure a child doesn’t go to a loving home because those folks over there make me feel icky and question my own sexuality.

    I can’t take the crazy anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Speaking of crazy, the fucking occupier of the White House is dying to start a war.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada
      • Because there’s nothing left on the right but burning rage and if they don’t keep throwing fuel on that burning rage it might die out and the people who voted for them might realize that their medicare is about to be cut. Or that their own kids might be the next ones shot in a school. Or any of the many other issues that Democrats would be so much better for them but they won’t vote for Democrats because gays, guns and abortions. They can’t play the guns card this week so gays and abortions it is!

    • Steverino

      Wag the dog.

    • JackFknTwist

      “And now we’ll have a parade for me !”

  • SkokieGuy / May attempt snark

    Sen. Ligon and other supporters of the bill continued to try and make the case that passage of the bill would lead to more adoption opportunities in the state and not less.

    Because fewer people permitted to adopt means more adoptions!

    Up is down.

    Clean coal.

    Jumbo shrimp

    Republican integrity

  • Sam_Handwich
    • WNY

      Melania is trying to escape again?

      • Eric got into the juice boxes and now he’s all sugared up and crazy.

        • Don Jr has finally given in to his most primal impulses and is now hunting White House interns.

          • John Kelly heard that Donald now says Jared’s security clearance is “up to him” and is threatening to kill himself in the White House oven.

          • The possibilities are endless.

          • Jared heard the same thing and is now in a panic because now he won’t be able to sell secrets to the Chinese and Israelis in order to keep from going bankrupt, so he’s doing the same thing, only using the WH walk-in freezer.

          • David Walker

            One of the fucking moron’s ardent NRA supporters saw that brown guy lead the press briefing yesterday and felt it was his duty to “do sumpin’ ‘bowt it.” He assumed the brown guy was keeping Miss Sarah as his sex slave.

          • If only.

      • Butch

        You blame her?

      • Hue-Man

        Her keepers let her drive?

        • David Walker

          As long as one of her parents are with her.

    • Sam_Handwich
      • WNY

        Omarosa was probably trying to get back in there,

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          That was my first thought as well.

        • RaygunsGoZap

          Girl, she still on lockdown in the Look-At-Me House!

    • Leo

      Female driver apprehended

      • safari

        Trying to enter or escape?

    • David Walker

      Uniformed Secret Service? I thought suit and tie, sunglasses and ear buds made up the uniform.

      • TuuxKabin

        I read it as uninformed. Both work.

  • GanymedeRenard

    Why would you want to deprive an orphan child of a loving and caring home, straight or gay? How utterly homophobic must you be to let your animosity towards the LGBT community prevail over the happiness and welfare of a child? It’s really beyond inhuman.

    • SkokieGuy / May attempt snark

      And straights produce the majority of the orphans. Why can’t we just fix straight people?

      • GanymedeRenard

        Because Jesus.

    • Longpole

      To them it’s not about a loving and caring home. They more then likely grew up in an abusive home themselves…religiously abusive. Now as adults, they project their hate on everyone they don’t like. They are sometimes nasty to those who go to church with them. Judgemental and back stabbing.

      • GanymedeRenard

        I like your screen name, BTW. For all the wrong reasons. 😉

        • Longpole

          Oh I suspect it’s for all the right reasons!

    • canoebum

      Well, you’ve hit on the basic problem right there. They don’t see us a humans.

      • GanymedeRenard

        There. We should reciprocate. But then, we’re decent.

        • canoebum

          And there is the liberal conundrum. We have principles and despite a few bad apples, pride in acting ethically. The conservatives have no such compunctions. Lie, cheat, steal, defame, it’s all fine as long as they get what they want.

    • Ninja0980

      They view us as evil sinners and thus we don’t deserve the chance to raise children, simple as that.

      • GanymedeRenard

        Thereby punishing children for a stupid prejudice of adults.

    • Because Republicans only care about fetuses, not children.

      • GanymedeRenard


  • Gigi

    Now’s not the time to discuss gun reform but apparently there’s lots of time to discuss ways to deny gay people equal treatment under the law.

    • GanymedeRenard

      And to deny children the possibility of being loved in a nurturing home, no matter the sexual orientation of the new parents. 🙁

      • RaygunsGoZap

        Or the child!

      • FAEN

        These monsters would rather see a child age out of the foster care system rather than have LGBT parents.

        • GanymedeRenard

          Yup. Monsters, indeed.

    • Jerry Kott

      It is so much easier and more fun to shoot fish in a barrel. It has been America’s past time, why stop now.

    • narutomania

      Even after the Supreme Court decided that they should be allowed equal access to one of the most fundamental legal institutions under the law.

    • Ninja0980

      They always have time for that.

    • band

      Actually, Georgia is discussing both.

      “In Georgia, gun control advocates are expected to take their cause to the state Capitol on Wednesday, as others prepare to join national protests being planned by student survivors.

      Here’s a roundup of gun-related measures before the Georgia Legislature this year:

      • Three separate proposals would allow people to carry firearms without a permit into parks and recreational areas.
      • On the gun control side, a pair of bills aims to require proof of some kind of firearms safety training in order to receive a weapons carry license. Currently, no training is needed in Georgia.
      • One measure would ban people convicted on domestic violence charges from owning guns and require them to give up the ones they have.
      • State Democrats are continuing their push to ban assault weapons and some kinds of ammunition.
      • There’s also a proposed state-level bump stock ban, although President Trump instructed the Department of Justice to act to ban them Tuesday.
      • One that has support on both sides? Changing a state law that requires the Georgia Bureau Investigation to purge records of people permanently prohibited from owning guns due to mental illness. Those rolls are now cleared after five years.”

  • Johnny Toro

    Ahhhh, I get it. The GA Senate is playing a “long-game” — to make sure that Atlanta is not selected as the site for Amazon’s 2nd HQ!

  • Leo
    • Sam_Handwich

      this is the douche who drugged himself deaf

    • KCMC

      Rush Limbaugh Goes Hard, but not without pharmaceuticals.

    • safari

      Closet queen says what? Oh. Let me shout louder.

    • Vinnie NYC

      Oxycontin Queen is one to talk.

      • David Walker

        What opioid addiction epidemic? He’s been taking Oxycontin for years, decades, and he’s not addicted. He can stop whenever he wants to. (May I watch for about the next 3 days after he stops?)

        • Vinnie NYC

          I’ll sit next to you when he does. I bet he looks really funny with the shakes

          • David Walker

            And there’s so much there to shake.

    • Clive Johnson

      Whatever you do, don’t google Rush Limbaugh, the Dominican Republic, Viagra, and child prostitution.

    • Steverino

      Doesn’t that Nazi windbag have a mooring tower in New Jersey to crash into and burn to the ground?

      • David Walker

        No. He contains no humanity, although I’d be curious to see the gas bag go up in flames.

        • Tread

          “OH, the insanity!”

      • Anti Russian American

        LOL “oh, the humanity!”

    • Projection, projection, projection…

  • fuzzybits

    These are the same so called christians who would have no problem with abortion if they could know if the baby was gay.

  • safari

    I see the death cult wins again.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Halou

      Silly woman. She should learn a few phrases in Russian, the SecServ will let her in and take her straight to the main bedroom.

  • HZ81

    Good fucking Christ. I’m ashamed to be an American AGAIN today. Fuck you, Georgia.

    And fuck anybody who wants to run from Identity Politics this year or 2020

  • JWC

    Be not proud assholes

  • Kevin Andrews

    Try not to be surprised by these bigots, the Republican Fascist Zionist bastards, have nothing but contempt of Constitution, contempt of the Citizens of Georgia and only focus on lining their own pockets.

  • Talisman

    This is why elections have consequences – SCOTUS and the judiciary. We are a single justice from losing all the progressive gains we’ve made in the last century.

    Thanks again, bernie-bros, stein-bots, and hillary-haters.

    • fuow

      Yup. To this day, though – look how many even here don’t grasp the necessity of voting.

  • Just wait until the Parkview generation trains their sights on THIS sort of bullshit. “The kids are all right!”

    • TuuxKabin

      The kids are awe inspiring!

  • pkb10r

    What a shithole state….

    • Anti Russian American

      Well, it is next to Floriduh

      • Jay George

        The dumb in the southeastern US is contagious.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    Come on Georgia, are you really as dumb as South Carolina?

  • Hank
  • Hank
  • Lindoro Almaviva

    You know? we knew this was going to happen. All I am going to say is: Keep on making our case for heightened scrutiny. You are doing a great job at it

  • Anti Russian American

    Glad to know they have lots of money to spend on legal fees when they get sued all the way to the US supreme court.

    • fuow

      Where, under this court, we most likely will lose.

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    Are you paying attention Amazon? Do you want to open in a state that’s still passing laws that are bigoted in 2018? Do you want to open up a headquarters in a state where your LGBT employees are still second-class citizens?

    • TexasBoy

      Lawmakers are happy to keep their constituents poor and poorly educated.

      “I love the poorly educated.” Donald J. Trump, February 23, 2016

  • JackFknTwist

    Q. Who does this hurt?
    A: The kids.
    Q: Which should take precedence, the bigotry of zealots of the welfare of kids?
    A: That depends; if you a person of love, the kids. But if you are a religious zealot then your religious delusions .

  • TexasBoy

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Southern States, including Texas, were to pass a human ownership law allowing folks to own other people…they are, even after 150 years, still intent on winning that war.

  • FAEN

    More from the party of ‘family values’.

  • Michael

    Each and every day these right wing assh*les become more and more extreme.

  • Jim Maloney

    “Sen. Ligon and other supporters of the bill continued to try and make the case that passage of the bill would lead to more adoption opportunities in the state and not less.”

    Because in their world up is down and down is up.

    Intellectually dishonest people.

    • killreligion

      Their point is that more religious groups would go after the government ‘s money and provide adoption services if they were allowed to discriminate

      Sick way to see things-we need more bigots doing this.

      It might actually be true, that more adoption agencies would be formed.

  • Ninja0980

    How the fuck is limiting homes children can be adopted to increasing the opportunities for them?

  • Greg B.

    Agencies don’t have religious beliefs. People do.

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    Oh William, you should have just kept going when we had the chance.

  • rednekokie

    That settles it — I’ll never set foot inside the state of Georgia again. Nor do any business with anyone from there.

    • Thornton

      It’s one reason some of us have moved far far away. Yeah. GRIN!

      • rednekokie

        Well, you picked a good reason, if that was it.

  • rcdcr

    Is it surprising to anyone that a group of people who do nothing when gunmen kill their children would prefer to see a child in an orphanage than a safe and loving home?

  • fuow

    The end game here is plain: To have this all re-litigated in front of an LGBT hostile Supreme Court.
    By not voting or voting ‘Green’ we really, really fucked ourselves over in November 2016.

  • Tom Ato

    Yeah, cuz we wouldn’t want kids to be with parent(s) who love them enough to go to a lot of effort to adopt them.

  • JCF
  • Paul

    Nathan Deal has a good record of vetoing anti-gay legislation. Let’s hope he does the same with this one.

  • Dale Snyder

    No review of studies that clearly show gay couples are loving parents.

    NO! Got to get that filthy republican christian hatred into legislation.

    Keep digging your grave with your teeth, you fat piece of shit.

  • So the Georgia House just passed a bill reconfirming that discrimination that they never made illegal is still legal. Got it. I’m sure that’s what Georgians paid taxes for. What a bunch of motherfucking bigoted douchebags. This is Republicans. If you are still a Republican this is what you fucking voted for. And now we can’t agree to disagree or still be friends and I’m sure as hell not going to fuck you.

  • KnownDonorDad

    The South, still fighting Obergefell.

  • eddiebeskeddie

    oh I see – denying adoption will create more adoptions and providing more guns will stop bullets – yes, I see, it all makes so much more sense now.

  • killreligion

    State governments should not be paying religious groups to do anything. If bigots aren’t running adoption agencies we wouldn’t need bigot shielding laws

    The irony is lost on them that religion encourages breeding, blocks abortion for the hets and then doesnt want society’s true saviors to step in and clean up their mess, which we so often do

    They ruin neighborhoods, throw away babies, dress awfully, can’t entertain, live in ugly homes and we are always called in to fix things. They will never learn.

    They don’t even properly fellate their men so they come trolling around the parks and rest stops expecting us to do it. Losers!

  • David Gervais

    These republican’t politicians seem to spend a lot of time worrying about protecting the second amendment. Did they skip over the first one? They seem to understand the first even less than the second.