The Florida House recently knuckled under to an unelected judge who ruled that a state ban on same–sex couples adopting children was unconstitutional. In response it passed a bill that overturned the ban.
Unfortunately the response failed to include a “conscience clause” that would protect faith–based foster–care and adoption agencies from being forced by intolerant homosexual zealots to place children in homes where sexual practices violated their religious beliefs.
Naturally the left opposes House Bill 7111, which is designed to rectify this mistake. Forcing orthodox faith–based adoption agencies out of business if they don’t conform their practices to those of the hedonistic secular world takes priority over the welfare of at–risk children.
And this is a very real possibility. Refusal to grant a conscience clause in Massachusetts forced Catholic Charities of Boston to stop providing foster–care and adoption services. Hundreds of children had their lives and futures disrupted by the sexual left’s intransigence.
In Florida, the situation is even more dire. According to the Christian Examiner Newspapers, Florida Baptist Children’s Homes served 106,000 children and families last year. Yet, even if this reform bill passes, it may not be enough.
John Stemberger, general counsel for the Florida Family Policy Council, called the bill a “positive step in the right direction” but it also needs language added that would protect Christian agencies from sex extremists at the local level.
Florida Baptist Children’s Homes are found all around the state and are funded by the Florida Baptist State Convention, composed of 3,000 churches supported by almost 1 million individual Baptists. It’s a large organization with a large and positive impact on children.
In the story Bill Bunkley of the Florida Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission warned, “The real fear here is that the number of children who are currently being taken care of by the faith-based community could find themselves without the homes they are living in if this anti-Christian discrimination were to prevail in our foster-care adoption system.”
The cries of bigotry and discrimination on the part of the homosexual lobby are part of the left’s “big lie.” Florida Baptist Children’s Home does not place children for adoption or foster–care with same–sex couples, but it does refer those couples to other state agencies that do — a reasonable and Christian response to the problem.
The choice facing the Florida legislature is choosing between tolerance and tyranny. Let’s hope they choose wisely.
Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.