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Officials May Vote On Gay Adoption And Religious Rights Next Week

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - A battle over gay adoption is unfolding at the State Capitol.

Captiol Correspondent Tim Skubick says a house committee is likely to vote next week on allowing non-profit agenices from placing children in adoptive homes if those homes do not reflect the group's religious beliefs.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and others are battilng a GOP lawmaker over his efforts to regulate adoption by allowing the catholic church and other non-profits to deny adoptions to families because of "sincerly held religious beliefs."

The chair dropped language that based the denials on "written religious or moral convictions."

A lobbyist from the ACLU and a lobbyist from the Gay Rights Community oppose the bill and argue the measure is discriminatory.

In other to stay in the adoption business, the Michigan Catholic Conference says it does not want to be forced to do anything that violates what the church believes.

The ACLU says if the catholic church wants to do that, it should not be getting state dollars to do it.

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