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Michigan governor signs legislation allowing gay couple adoption refusal

On Friday, June 12th, 2015
DETROIT, MI - JULY 19: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder discusses Detroit's bankruptcy filing at a news conference July 19, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit's emergency manager Kevin Orr made the Chapter 9 filing yesterday. Detroit owes its approximately 100,000 creditors between $18 and $20 billion. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – JULY 19: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder discusses Detroit’s bankruptcy filing at a news conference July 19, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit’s emergency manager Kevin Orr made the Chapter 9 filing yesterday. Detroit owes its approximately 100,000 creditors between $18 and $20 billion. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Same-sex couples in the state of Michigan received another blow on Thursday. According to Reuters, Michigan Governor Rick Synder signed legislation allowing private adoption agencies the right to refuse to place children with same-sex couples based on their religious beliefs. The bill was one of a series of Republican-influenced measures targeting the rights of same-sex couples in the state.

The signing of the new bills by Snyder will not go without a fight. The American Civil Liberties Union said it plans challenge the new laws in court and gay rights groups in the state like Freedom Michigan called the law “horrific” because of the more than 13,000 children in the state looking for home. The measure lessens their chances because there are thousand of households led by same-sex couples open and ready to nurture these children. The state of Michigan also has the fifth largest population of children waiting for adoption, so the law is also limiting their chances to find permanent homes.

The action came on the same day that Republican lawmakers in North Carolina pushed through a law that will allow government officials to refuse to perform same-sex marriages due to religious objections. The new laws in both states also come as the U.S. Supreme Court readies to issue a ruling on whether to legalize same-sex marriage nationally.

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