Kelly hopes to thwart new adoption law seen as anti-LGBT


November 9, 2018 - 8:21 PM

Governor-elect Laura Kelly holds her first news conference Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, at the statehouse in Topeka, Kans. Joining her was her lieutenant governor-elect Lynn Rogers. (Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas’ new Democratic governor-elect said Thursday that she will look to block enforcement of a new adoption law that she and LGBT-rights activists consider discriminatory, a sharp break with the state’s two previous conservative Republican governors.

Gov.-elect Laura Kelly said she will have her staff review how far the state can go to avoid enforcing the law. It was designed to provide legal protections to adoption agencies that cite faith-based reasons for refusing to place children in homes that violate their religious beliefs.

The debate over the law centered on agencies that won’t place children in LGBT foster homes. The agencies handle those adoptions of abused and neglected children for the state Department for Children and Families. Supporters saw it as a religious liberties measure.

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