The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) is backing a bill that would allow adoption agencies to refuse to place children with LGBT families on religious grounds, while also protecting the organizations from being barred from government contracts.
“By passing this bill, it is an opportunity for additional (child placement agencies) that have had concerns of working in Kansas in the past, to come alongside DCF to locate and maintain homes in which to place Kansas’ children,” DCF Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel said in a statement, according to the Wichita Eagle.
Meier-Hummel said the bill addresses “possible barriers that may be keeping [child placement agencies] from coming to Kansas to work with DCF.”
However, critics say the legislation is discriminatory.
“They’re wanting to tap into taxpayer money that gay and lesbian couples around the state pay just like everyone else and then deny us service,” said Tom Witt, the director of Equality Kansas.
On Tuesday, the Kansas House and Senate Federal and State Affairs committees held hearings on the bill.