Four state senators introduced a bill to expand adoption rights to all LGBT couples in Michigan.
“LGBT Michiganders encounter enough discrimination, and shouldn’t face additional rejection, humiliation and disappointment when seeking to adopt Michigan’s most vulnerable children,” Senator Jeremy Moss said.
The proposed bills would prevent adoption agencies from discriminating based on sexual orientation.
It expands on Attorney General Dana Nessel’s recent court settlement to ban state-contracted agencies from barring LGBT adoptions.
Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich said, “If our bills help just one more child find their forever family and a loving home, we will have succeeded.”
Senate Bills 272 through 275 would allow a same-sex partner to adopt their partner’s biological or adoptive child, ensure that adoption agencies cannot discriminate against same-sex couples based on religious beliefs and allow local governments to hold adoption agencies accountable if they engage in discriminatory practices.
“Second-parent adoption is necessary in Michigan because children should have a right to secure legal relationships to both parents when it comes to custody, financial support, hospital visitation, school decisions, and more,” Senator Jeff Irwin said.
Senator Dayna Polehanki said, “every kid in Michigan deserves to grow up in a home where they are cared for and have the opportunity to thrive, period.”
Identical bills were introduced in the House of Representatives.