The House passed HB 836 by a vote of 67-22 on Monday.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Tim Rudd (R-Murfreesboro), protects faith-based adoption and foster care agencies that, on the basis of their religious conviction, believe placing children in homes with same-sex couples is not in the child’s best interest.
Passage of the bill means these agencies cannot be sued if their decision not to place children with homosexual couples is based on such a religious conviction.
The Senate companion bill, SB 1304 by Sen. Mark Pody (R-Lebanon), is scheduled to be heard on the last calendar of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has not yet been set.
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