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2013 House Bill 4991: Let adoption agencies refuse adoptions that violate moral convictions
  1. 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.
    • 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.
  2. 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.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. 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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