Written by Don Byrd

Here is a brief update on state legislation I have been following here on the BJCblog.

In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law a bill that allows child-placement agencies to refuse to provide service “under circumstances that conflict with the provider’s sincerely held religious beliefs.” Critics of the bill argue that it will allow discrimination against same-sex couples, even among service providers that receive taxpayer funds. Advocates argue the bill is necessary to protect the religious freedom of religious adoption providers. See earlier posts on the bill here and here.

In Florida, Governor Rick Scott has signed a bill that purports to expand protections for student religious expression in schools. Opponents of the measure point out that the U.S. Constitution already offers robust protection for religious expression and warn that the legislation could confuse school officials, students, and parents, leading to unnecessary litigation. See earlier posts here, here, and here.

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