Adopting new law would protect faith-based agencies
Since certain social agendas seem to trump moral beliefs these days, adoption agencies in Massachusetts and Illinois have had to get out of the business of placing children with new families. Dale Bartscher of Family Heritage Alliance Action tells OneNewsNow lawmakers have taken steps to make sure that does not happen in The Mount Rushmore State.
“The purpose of this bill is simply to protect and to ensure that adoption service providers — faith-based — that they will be able to continue the work that they’ve been doing in the state for decades, and continue to do so unhampered, unthreatened in any way, shape, or form,” Bartscher explains.
Yet since the Supreme Court legalized unnatural marriage, homosexual activist groups might argue this proposal discriminates against them, as they would not be able to use those agencies if they wanted to adopt children.
“They might argue that, but in the state of South Dakota, there are a plethora of avenues for someone to adopt a child out,” the family advocate asserts. “In fact, we have 1,960 attorneys. Each one of them can facilitate an adoption in our great state. We also have several other adoption agencies that can and will do so as well.”
So South Dakota lawmakers believe it is essential to protect constitutionally-protected religious freedom from activist social agendas. Governor Dennis Daugaard (R) has five days to decide whether to sign it after it reaches his desk, and he is receiving calls from people who are encouraging him to do just that.
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