SPLC, others asking Gov. Ivey to kill 'faith based adoption' bill

Faith-based adoption bill
Published: Apr. 26, 2017 at 8:38 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 26, 2017 at 9:11 PM CDT
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Gov. Ivey taking oath of office. (Source: WBRC video)
Gov. Ivey taking oath of office. (Source: WBRC video)

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Some are calling on Governor Kay Ivey to not sign a bill into law which would allow faith based agencies to prevent gay couples from adopting.

"It appears the bill is actually institutionalizing prejudice in the state of Alabama," said Wendy Crew - a Birmingham attorney who represented a gay couple seeking to adopt in the state of Alabama.

Crew calls House Bill 24 flawed because it is not supposed to protect faith based adoption agencies if they receive any sort of state or federal funding. "In some ways, all agencies receive state and federal funding. I don't see how it can pass constitutional muster. It's ripe for litigation," said Crew.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has called on Governor Kay Ivey to kill the bill calling it unfair. "We know there are over 5,000 chldren in the child welfare system - many without foster homes or adoption homes. It doesn't make sense that will result in limiting the number of options for those needy kids," said David Dinielli, Deputy Legal Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Governor Ivey's spokesman said she will study the bill very closely before making a decision.

Meanwhile, the bill's sponsor denies it's discriminatory. "It talks about not discriminating against the faith based agencies. It's not about discriminating other than just making sure the faith based child placement agencies aren't discriminated against due to their beliefs," said Rep. Rich Wingo of Tuscaloosa.

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