On Friday, the Michigan legislature passed on holding final votes on House Bills 5763 and 5764, which would have allowed state adoption agencies to turn away prospective parents based on religious beliefs.
The measures, introduced by Representative Kenneth Kurtz (R-Coldwater), passed in the Michigan House Committee on Families, Children and Seniors, but was never brought before a vote in the House.
The bills would have allowed agencies to turn down gay couples simply because of their orientation.
“This legislative session Michigan extremists seemed suspiciously motivated to keep hurling a wrecking ball at Michigan families,” says Equality Michigan director Emily Dievendorf. “Fortunately, somebody in Republican leadership realized that the passage of these destructive bills would not be easily forgiven by the majority of Michigan citizens whose support for equality is on the right side of history.”