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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee lawmakers have spiked a proposal that would have allowed faith-based adoption agencies to refuse to place children with gay parents and other families because of their religious beliefs.
Senate lawmakers were scheduled to debate the bill Tuesday. However, at the last minute, the sponsor quietly asked for the proposal to be taken up next legislative session — essentially killing it.
National advocates have raised concerns throughout this year’s session on a series of bills they argue target LGBTQ individuals, including the adoption proposal. Big companies like Amazon and music popstar Taylor Swift have spoken out about the bills, warning they would negatively affect LGBTQ people.
Supporters had argued the bill was needed to protect against potential lawsuits hostile to the group’s religious beliefs.