Tennessee governor signs anti-LGBT adoption bill

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FILE – In this Sept. 10, 2019 file photo, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee speaks during the Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia Regional Economic Forum, hosted by East Tennessee State University, in Johnson City, Tenn. In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Lee said he knew the most difficult decision he’d face as governor would be weighing the fate of an inmate’s life. His faith remains central to his views, he said, but he maintains that the death penalty is “appropriate for those most heinous of crimes.” (David Crigger/Bristol Herald Courier via AP, File)

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Tennessee has become the latest state to assure continued taxpayer funding of faith-based foster care and adoption agencies even if they exclude LGBT families and others based on religious beliefs.

Republican Gov. Bill Lee signed the bill into law on Friday, marking the first law implemented in Tennessee this year.

The bill was quietly signed into law with no fanfare or announcement from Lee’s office.

However, even under the new law, current adoption practices in Tennessee aren’t expected to change.

Some faith-based agencies had already not allowed gay couples to adopt. But this measure now provides legal protections to agencies that do.

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