Twenty-four members of the Michigan House of
Representatives, led by Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (R-District 58), are pushing a set
of bills that would legalize discrimination by adoption agencies — many funded
with taxpayer dollars — based on religious views.
The Center for
Inquiry (CFI) urges you to contact your representative and tell them to oppose
House bills 4927, 4928, and 4991 would provide adoption agencies the legal right to refuse to place children in adoptive homes if the agency has religious objections to the parents. For instance, agencies could deny prospective
parents if they belong to a certain religion, or none at all; or if the
prospective parents are LGBT, or maintain lifestyles at odds with the religious beliefs of
those who operate the agency.
CFI vigorously promotes and defends freedom of religion. But
placing the adoption agency’s religious dogma over the best interests of the
child and the rights of prospective parents violates the basic American principle — established by the Founding Fathers in the First Amendment, and clarified in
the last 70 years by the Supreme Court — that the government must remain
neutral on matters of religion. It may not prefer one religion to another,
prefer religion to non-religion, or prefer non-religion to religion. It must
judge institutions and citizens equally, based on secular, not religious,
Call or email your
state representative now and tell them to oppose House bills 4927, 4928, and 4991, and protect secular government and civil rights in Michigan!
Take action now!
Please Reject House Bills 4927, 4928
Dear [Decision Maker],
As a friend of the Center for Inquiry, I urge you to oppose House bills 4927, 4928, and 4991, which would legalize discrimination by adoption agencies -- many funded with taxpayer dollars -- based on religious views.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
©2015 Center for Inquiry | Office of Public Policy
1020 19th Street NW, Suite 425 · Washington, DC 20036
(202) 629-2403 · firstname.lastname@example.org