December 2018 – Lawmakers in Kansas and Oklahoma have approved legislation that will protect faith-based adoption agencies. The law grants legal protection to those agencies which refuse to place children in LGBT homes due to deeply held religious convictions.
Both states have seen strong support and opposition. Supporters say the measures will protect the freedom of religious conscience. Opponents say there is no need for protection, and the proposed laws would fund discrimination with taxpayer dollars.
Catholic Charities, a national adoption agency, has already stopped handling adoptions in Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, and San Francisco over concerns that it would be required to act against their religious beliefs.