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Georgia Votes to Deny Same-sex Couples Adoption Rights

Brooke Dobbs, Staff Writer

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Recently Georgia has passed a bill that denies gay couples the right to adopt children. Based on the senates beliefs they believe same-sex couples are going against their religion and are no longer allowed to adopt from an agency.

This bill passed 35-19 and is now heading to the house for consideration. The bill was passed on February 20th, 2018. Senators debated this bill for over an hour and the 2015 supreme court decision on same-sex marriage has always been a hot topic throughout the past few years.

Senator Jen Jordan, someone who beat an anti-LGBTQ democratic opponent to win her senate seat had words to say about this bill being passed. Jordan claims that there is no need for the bill. Georgia adoption agencies have never reported an issue with same-sex couples so why is it becoming an issue?

The rebuttal of her opponent was that its not based on feeling rather the child may be able to have their fundamental right to practice their faith.

Since this has been passed LGBTQ activists and same-sex couples have been protesting for their rights. They have been rallying to follow their senators and demand their personal rights. This topic isn’t currently an issue in Michigan but it could become one if our rights aren’t fought for.

Alexi Carey, a Chippewa Valley High School senior that supports LGBTQ rights had some things to say about this. Carey says that “How does your sexual preference change the way you can love and care for a child? No one should be denied the right to have a family of their own.”

Kelsey Winter, a Chippewa Valley High School senior that is also a believer in the LGBTQ community says “I disagree because same sex couples have the right to have a family too. If they adopt too they’re helping children in need of being adopted. It’s a double win situation!”

To follow the fight and campaign against discrimination follow @GeorgiaUnites on twitter for updates

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