The Associated Press reports:
Tennessee lawmakers are working to become the latest state to ensure faith-based adoption agencies can refuse to place children with gay parents and other families because of their religious beliefs without facing any penalties.
The GOP-dominant House overwhelmingly voted 67-22 in support of the proposal after a brief but tense debate. The bill must now pass the similarly GOP-controlled Senate before it can reach Republican Gov. Bill Lee’s desk for final approval.
“We’re doing the same as nine other states have done,” said Republican Rep. Tim Rudd of Murfreesboro, the bill’s sponsor. “Throughout the country, these faith-based organizations have been sued to the point they’re being driven out of business due to costs.”
The Religous Adoption Agency Freedom bill (HB0836) passes the TN House by a vote of 67-22! Rep. Tim Rudd (R.) of Murfreesboro did a fine job defending our 1st Amendment rights. Now, the bill must pass the Senate.#PraiseTheLord!#PleaseShare
— TN Ind. Baptists for Religious Liberty (@TIBRLiberty) April 2, 2019