EDITORIAL: Battle Creek Enquirer calls RFRA-style adoption bills “A disgraceful, hurtful law”

Posted on June 15, 2015
BCE EditorialIn an editorial published in the wake of Governor Snyder signing the RFRA-style adoption bills into law, the Battle Creek Enquirer takes proponents of the discriminatory measure to task, calling them “a disgraceful, hurtful law.”
The anti-adoption bills, which were passed in the Legislature last week, now allow faith-based adoption and foster care agencies to discriminate under the guise of religious beliefs—enabling these publicly-funded entities to refuse to place a child in a household headed by a same-sex couple.
Though Governor Snyder said the state was merely seeking to ensure “that as many children are adopted to as many loving families as possible regardless of their makeup”, the impact will be quite the opposite. With 13,000+ children in Michigan’s adoption and foster care system, these laws only make the prospects of finding a home more bleak.
 
And, as the Battle Creek Enquirer powerfully argues, the very essence of these laws is unconstitutional: 

“Warm and fuzzy language notwithstanding, the governor sidestepped the larger question of whether the law violates the U.S. Constitution, which it almost certainly does.

It’s simply illegal to use tax dollars to aid in the establishment of religion, and no rationalization, however high-minded, changes the essential fact that this law amounts to state-sanctioned discrimination.”
 
The paper goes on to say that as lawmakers pursue policy that defy public opinion and well-established research, “the people of Michigan deserve better.”
 
The Battle Creek Enquirer joins the Detroit Free Press and mLive in condemning the new law. We thank these key Michigan papers for speaking out—and standing with the majority of Michiganders who believe discrimination is wrong.
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