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Don't Mess With Texas! Christian Adoption Agencies There Now Won't be Forced to Give Kids to Gay Couples

Peter LaBarbera : Jun 19, 2017  LifeSiteNews.com

Robert Oscar Lopez, a leader in exposing the dangers of homosexual parenting as one who himself was raised by lesbians, hailed Abbott's signing of HB 3589 as "wonderful news."

(Austin, TX)—[LifeSiteNews] Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law a bill that protects Christian adoption agencies from being forced to place children in homosexual-led households that intentionally deny the child a mother or a father. (Photo: TX Governor Greg Abbott/via LifeSiteNews.com)

HB 3859, the Freedom to Serve Children Act, allows faith-based adoption and foster care organizations to receive state funding without fear of legal retribution for declining to place children in homosexual-led households. Other conscience objections such as placing children with single or divorced adults are also covered.

"We are very grateful to Governor Abbott for signing HB 3859, and for all of the hard work of Rep. James Frank and Senator Charles Perry to pass this bill that will allow faith-based foster care and adoption agencies in Texas to serve the children of Texas while maintaining our faith teachings," said Jennifer Carr Allmon, executive director of the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops. "Our ministries throughout the state are actively seeking new ways to be of service to the children of Texas and welcome all people of good will to join us in these endeavors."

The Lone Star State joins South Dakota (which enacted a similar law in March), Alabama, Michigan, North Dakota, and Virginia in passing laws protecting faith-based adoption agencies, U.S. News reported.

The Supreme Court's imposed legalization of national homosexual "marriage" in the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges ruling, combined with spreading "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" nondiscrimination laws, has threatened the freedom of Catholic and religious adoption agencies to operate according to their own teachings.

In Boston, Illinois, Washington, DC, and San Francisco, Catholic adoption agencies closed themselves down rather than be forced by the state to put children in homosexual-led households.

Opens national debate on 'gay parenting'
Robert Oscar Lopez, a leader in exposing the dangers of homosexual parenting as one who himself was raised by lesbians, hailed Abbott's signing of HB 3589 as "wonderful news."

Lopez, director of Texas Mass Resistance and a Humanities professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, told LifeSiteNews that the new law will help "open up a national conversation" on the homosexual parenting issue.

Lopez said nationally, the issue of homosexual adoption and "gay parenting" has been "poorly debated" by pro-family groups, who tend to fall back on the simple talking point, "Children need a mom and a dad," because they are reluctant to discuss the special risks associated with homosexual-led households. (Photo: Public Domain/via Pixabay)

Even worse, after Obergefell, which stripped states of their right to preserve national marriage in the law, too many social conservatives gave up altogether arguing against homosexual adoption, he said.

"We've never had a full national debate on gay parenting," Lopez said. "There are very specific problems" with homosexual parenting because the adult homosexuals "are hooked into the [LGBT] community with all its problems"...

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