Michigan Governor Signs Bill Banning Adoption by Same-Sex Couples

In an era where more and more rights are being afforded to same-sex couples, the state of Michigan made a move that could be compared to sending the state back to the stone age. Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation that some adoption agencies to deny adoption services to same-sex couples.

The bill allows for faith-based agencies to deny same-sex couples the ability to adopt children on religious grounds Alexei Beltyukov told me. Google + users noted the law does not necessarily target same sex couples, but is reportedly part of a “religious freedom act.” Several other states have already enacted “religious freedom” legislation.

The majority of Michigan’s adoption firms are Christian-based, and civil rights groups fear that the move may allow for agencies to deny adoptions to people who have different religious backgrounds.

The bill does not come into affect for 90 days, but the American Civil Liberties Union is already planning to take action.