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2015 House Bill 4189: Let adoption agencies refuse adoptions that violate moral convictions

Public Act 54 of 2015

Introduced by Rep. Harvey Santana (D) on February 13, 2015 To specify in statute that a “child placing agency” (private adoption or foster care agency) is not required to assist or participate in an adoption or placement that violates its written religious or moral convictions, including adoptions of a child by a homosexual. Also, to prohibit a state agency from discriminating or taking an “adverse action” against an agency for this reason.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee on February 13, 2015
Reported in the House on March 4, 2015 Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright (D) on March 17, 2015 To not extend the bill's provision if an agency "is not acting in the best interests of the child".
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 17, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on March 17, 2015 To require the written statements of religious or moral convictions the bill specifies must be available to the public on request.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 17, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on March 17, 2015 To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4133, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 4133 would provide for “second parent adoption” in Michigan law, whichy allows a party in a same-sex relationship to adopt his or her partner's biological or adoptive child without terminating the other party’s legal status as a parent.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 17, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Frank Liberati (D) on March 17, 2015 To add language stating that an agency exercising the choice the bill would sanction must comply with the state's Elliott-Larsen civil rights law.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 17, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Frank Liberati (D) on March 17, 2015 To add language stating that an agency exercising the choice the bill would sanction must comply with the federal civil rights act of 1964.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 17, 2015
Amendment offered by Rep. Sam Singh (D) on March 18, 2015 To establish that if enacted the bill will go into effect 90 days afterwards.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 18, 2015
Passed 65 to 44 in the House on March 18, 2015.
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(same description)
To specify in statute that a “child placing agency” (private adoption or foster care agency) is not required to assist or participate in an adoption or placement that violates its written religious or moral convictions, including adoptions of a child by a homosexual. Also, to prohibit a state agency from discriminating or taking an “adverse action” against an agency for this reason.
Received in the Senate on March 19, 2015
Referred to the Senate Families, Seniors & Human Services Committee on March 19, 2015
Reported in the Senate on April 28, 2015 With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on June 10, 2015.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
(same description)
To specify in statute that a “child placing agency” (private adoption or foster care agency) is not required to assist or participate in an adoption or placement that violates its written religious or moral convictions, including adoptions of a child by a homosexual. Also, to prohibit a state agency from discriminating or taking an “adverse action” against an agency for this reason.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 11, 2015

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