Religious Objection Language Stalls Adoption Bill in Georgia

Religious Objection Language Stalls Adoption Bill in Georgia

Written by Don Byrd The final days of the Georgia Legislative session ended without producing a measure intended to modernize the state’s adoption laws. The bill stalled after the State Senate amended the bill (HB 159) to include a broad exemption from...
Alabama Legislature Passes Child Placement Refusal Bill

Alabama Legislature Passes Child Placement Refusal Bill

Written by Don Byrd Via Religion Clause, the Alabama legislature this week sent HB 24, the Alabama Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act to newly sworn Governor Kay Ivey for her signature. The bill would allow a child placement service that receives no federal or state...
Texas Senate Advances Religious Refusal Bill

Texas Senate Advances Religious Refusal Bill

Written by Don Byrd The Texas Senate approved Senate Bill 522 on second reading by a 21-10 vote. The legislation would allow county clerks to recuse themselves from the issuance of marriage licenses if doing so would conflict with their religious beliefs. The...
Kim Davis Saga Ends as Judge Dismisses Case Over Marriage Licenses

Kim Davis Saga Ends as Judge Dismisses Case Over Marriage Licenses

Written by Don Byrd Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was sent to jailĀ over her refusal to allow her office to issue marriage licenses last year following the Supreme Court’s Obergefell ruling. Now the case against her has been dismissed after a change in state law...