Faith based child placement bill under fire - Montgomery Alabama news.

Faith based child placement bill under fire

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)

A bill sponsored by Rep. Rich Wingo, R- Tuscaloosa County, has groups debating whether it spells discrimination or protection. Wingo’s bill would allow faith based agencies to refuse their services to families who are not in line with religious beliefs.

Wingo said the bill protects the religious organizations' first amendment rights, but some, like the SPLC, see something different.

“The pure and only basis for it is discrimination,” David Dinielli, SPLC deputy legal director, said.

However, for Wingo, this helps protect those agencies who are religious in nature.

“It brings clarity to it protecting faith based agencies, especially not being forced to go and place children in homes that go against their faith,” said Wingo. 

Wingo says these faith based agencies only make up about 30 percent of the adoption services, so groups, like same sex couples, will have other options.

However, as far apart as the two sides are, both agree the kids should be the focus.

“There should be one goal and one goal only and that is finding a good safe home” Dinielli said.

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