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Tue Jan 14, 2020, 07:05 PM

Tennessee governor says he will sign anti-LGBT adoption bill

Source: Associated Press


Kimberlee Kruesi and Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press
Updated 5:33 pm CST, Tuesday, January 14, 2020



Photo: Mark Humphrey, AP
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Sen. Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville, debates a proposal allowing faith-based adoption agencies to decline to place children with same-sex couples because of their religious belief without facing penalties on the first day of the 2020 legislative session Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Tuesday that he'll sign into law a measure that would assure continued taxpayer funding of faith-based foster care and adoption agencies even if they exclude LGBT families and others based on religious beliefs.

The GOP-controlled Senate gave the bill final passage on the first day of the 2020 legislative session after it was initially approved by the House last April. The bill was sent to the Republican governor amid warnings by critics of possible negative consequences for Tennessee's reputation.

Lee's communication director, Chris Walker, confirmed in a statement Tuesday evening that the governor would sign the bill. Earlier, before the Senate vote, Lee declined to weigh in after saying he had not read the two-page bill.

“We are off to a fine start this session,” state Sen. Steve Dickerson joked while debating against the bill earlier as the lone Republican opposed.


Read more: https://www.chron.com/news/us/article/Tennessee-lawmakers-kickoff-2020-legislative-14973193.php

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Reply Tennessee governor says he will sign anti-LGBT adoption bill (Original post)
Judi Lynn Jan 14 OP
marble falls Jan 14 #1
EndlessWire Jan 15 #9
keithbvadu2 Jan 14 #2
ck4829 Jan 14 #4
marble falls Jan 15 #12
ck4829 Jan 14 #3
lynintenn Jan 14 #5
riversedge Jan 14 #8
marble falls Jan 15 #13
eppur_se_muova Jan 14 #6
EndlessWire Jan 15 #10
Maxheader Jan 14 #7
EndlessWire Jan 15 #11

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 07:16 PM

1. Stupid heartless fuck. To keep children from having loving families. Takes a special sort of ...

evil to do this out of a political equation that would not affect he re-electability in any way.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 04:08 PM

9. I agree. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 07:19 PM

2. If the anti-LGBT faith-based folks would adopt the children, there would be none available for the

If the anti-LGBT faith-based folks would adopt the children, there would be none available for the LGBT folks to adopt.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 07:24 PM

4. Right

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 04:16 PM

12. They only love children up to birth.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 07:23 PM

3. There are 7500 children in foster care in Tennessee, and 350 kids in full guardianship

I must be mistaken thinking their happiness, health, dignity, psychological and social needs should come first over needing to be protecting the "feels" of adoption agencies.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 07:38 PM

5. Jeff Yarbro is from my hometown

We held a reception for him last month. He is also an attorney in Nashville and a Harvard graduate. I am sure he argued a good debate but this is Tennessee who elected Marsha Blackburn. Last week I went to a country meeting about allowing refugees to resettle in our county. After the meeting, I knew what it was like to be in a clan meeting. Never heard so much hate-filled speech. A few Democrats spoke up about loving your neighbor and were booed by the majority of the crowd.

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Response to lynintenn (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 11:04 PM

8. I think the same would happen in most of Wisconsin outside of Madison

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Response to riversedge (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 04:19 PM

13. I love Madison WI. Other than the winter, I'd live there. Course I under ...

stand that the winter was pretty mild this year.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 07:40 PM

6. Well, if we can't make people feel bad about being who they are, what are we here for ?

.... said every worthless bully, ever.

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 04:12 PM

10. Yeah. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 07:45 PM

7. Chiefs..


Are gonna whip tennessees' ass...

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Response to Maxheader (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 04:13 PM

11. Oh, hell yeah!

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