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2013 House Bill 4991: Let adoption agencies refuse adoptions that violate moral convictions
Introduced by Rep. Tom Leonard (R) on September 17, 2013 To specify in statute that a “child placing agency” (private adoption agency or foster care service) 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.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee on September 17, 2013
Reported in the House on September 25, 2013 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on December 4, 2014 To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on December 4, 2014
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on December 4, 2014 To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4060, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 4060 would provide for “second parent adoption” in Michigan law, which would allow a same-sex parent to adopt her or his partner's biological or adoptive child without terminating the first parent's legal status as a parent.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 4, 2014
Passed 59 to 50 in the House on December 4, 2014 To establish that a faith-based private adoption agency is not required to assist or participate in an adoption that violates its written religious or moral convictions, including adoptions of a child by a homosexual. House Bill 4927 would prohibit a state agency from discriminating against an adoption agency for this reason.
Received in the Senate on December 9, 2014
Referred to the Senate Families, Seniors & Human Services Committee on December 9, 2014

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