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Tennessee Child-Placing Agency Religious Freedom Bill (HB 836)

This law was last updated on Apr 8, 2019


This law is Anti–LGBTQ

State

Tennessee

Number

HB 836

Status

Proposed

Proposed

Feb 5, 2019

Topics

Conscience and Refusal Clauses, LGBTQ, Religious Freedom

Full Bill Text

www.capitol.tn.gov

HB 836 would—to the extent allowed by federal law—prohibit a private licensed child-placing agency from being required to perform, assist, consent to, refer, or participate in any child placement for foster care or adoption that would violate the agency’s written religious or moral convictions.

The bill would prohibit the state from denying an application for a license or revoking the license of a private child-placing agency due to the agency’s refusal to participate in a placement that violates their written religious or moral convictions or policies.

The bill would prohibit the state from denying to a private licensed child-placing agency any grant, contract, or participation in a government program due to the agency’s refusal to participate in a placement that violates their written religious or moral convictions or policies.


If passed, the law would allow child adoption and foster placement agencies the right to discriminate in, or refuse, the services they offer to LGBTQ families and children.


Related Legislation

Companion bill to SB 1304.

Similar to HB 1152/SB 848.


Latest Action

2/5/19 – Introduced.

4/1/19 – Amended; passed the House in a 67-22 vote.


People

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