The Georgia Senate has passed a bill allowing adoption agencies that receive taxpayer funding to refuse to work with LGBTQ couples.
The legislation, sponsored by state Sen. William Ligon (R), was passed by a vote of 35-19 last week, The Associated Press reported.
“Just because you are a faith-based organization, doesn’t mean you have to check your faith at the door and cannot participate in government programs,” Ligon said, according to WRAL.com.
Opponents of the bill say it amounts to state-sanctioned discrimination.
“This proposition that we should … protect agencies that are gonna deny loving families the opportunity to adopt a child from our foster care system is just backward on its face,” said state Sen. Nan Orrock (D).
The measure will now go to the Georgia House.