By Oscar Lopez. The cases reflect a growing tension in the United States between civil rights advocates opposing discrimination and religious groups seeking the right to operate according to their spiritual beliefs. A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services, which funded the refugee foster care program through a grant to the U. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the Department did not comment on pending litigation. During its next term starting in October, the U. At the state level, the debate is also gaining momentum.
In good faith? U.S. legal battle over gay adoption intensifies
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Bill Lee signed a controversial measure Friday that would let religious adoption agencies deny service to same-sex couples. The move comes after several groups, including the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, urged Lee not to sign the legislation. The law allows adoption agencies to refuse to participate in child placement if doing so would "violate the agency's written religious or moral convictions or policies. Under the law, which immediately takes effect, the state would be barred from denying an agency's license or grant application for public funds because of a refusal to place a child with a family based on religious objections. But proponents of the legislation, which included religious conservatives, said it was a necessary protection for faith-based groups. Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, said in a recent column published in The Tennessean the legislation puts children first and argued that it does not promote discrimination. It does not restrict others at all," he wrote.
Gay Family Law
Some say that the way forward is to set aside differences and focus on a common desire to help children. February 21, Supreme Court made same-sex marriage a universal right in , the rules governing child placement vary widely from state to state.
The battle of equal right in many aspects for gay and lesbian couples have been going on for years, and although significant progress has been made, there are many aspects within their relationships that are not yet equal to heterosexual couples in similar situations. Gay and lesbian couples have to deal with daily. In , President Barack Obama stated there are too many children who need loving parents to deny one group of people adoption rights eQuality, A child will benefit from a healthy, loving home, whether the parents are gay or not eQuality, With that statement.