Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee To Sign Anti-LGBT Adoption Bill

The Tennessean reports:

The Tennessee state Senate started the 2020 legislative session passing its first bill of the year: a controversial measure that protects religious adoption agencies if they choose to discriminate against same-sex couples. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Paul Rose, R-Covington, declares that no licensed adoption agency would be required to participate in a child placement if doing so would “violate the agency’s written religious or moral convictions or policies.”

It also prohibits the state from denying an agency’s license or grant application for public funds because of the group’s refusal to place a child with a family based on religious objections. The adoption agency would also be protected from lawsuits for such a refusal. The bill, which never made its way to the Senate floor in 2019, will now head to Gov. Bill Lee for his signature. Lee’s office on Tuesday afternoon confirmed that the governor would be signing the bill as soon as it reaches his desk.

Eight other states have passed similar bans since Trump was elected in 2016: Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, South Dakota, North Dakota, Virginia, and Mississippi.