Legislature debates whether agencies can shut out gay parents



March 30, 2018 - 11:00 PM

A polarizing debate over the role of faith-based adoption organizations, and their ability to exclude same-sex couples, has tangled an update of Kansas adoption and foster care laws.

A bill needed to revise the rules passed the House without a dissenting vote in late February. But it drew opposition in the Senate this week when a controversial amendment was added.

The amendment, offered by Sen. Molly Baumgardner, a Louis-burg Republican, would let the state contract with faith-based organizations that make adoption and foster care placement decisions based on their “sincerely held religious beliefs.”

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