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Mon Mar 20, 2017, 11:18 AM

Georgia governor opposes changes to adoption bill critics see as discriminatory

Gov. Nathan Deal said Monday he opposed late changes to a measure that could allow private adoption agencies that receive state funding to refuse to place children with same-sex couples.

The governor said the provision, adopted last week in a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting, could scuttle an otherwise “good bill” that aimed to update the state’s adoption rules.

Deal noted the concerns of Bobby Cagle, director of the state Division of Family and Children Services, who said they could likely endanger “hundreds of millions of dollars” the agency received from the federal government because they could violate federal anti-discrimination laws.

“I certainly don’t want that to happen, and I would hope they would reconsider the addition to this language that could put the whole bill in jeopardy,” said Deal.

Read more: http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2017/03/20/georgia-governor-opposes-changes-to-adoption-bill-critics-see-as-discriminatory/

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