On Tuesday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced that he will sign into law a measure that would assure taxpayer funding to faith-based foster care and adoption agencies, allowing those agencies to deny LGBT families adoption or foster care opportunities.
The Senate gave the bill final passage on the first day of the 2020 legislative session after it was initially approved by the House last April. The bill was then sent to the Republican governor after warnings by critics of possible negative consequences for Tennessee's reputation.
According to MSN: Lee's communication director, Chris Walker, confirmed in a statement Tuesday evening that the governor would sign the bill. Earlier, before the Senate vote, Lee declined to weigh in after saying he had not read the two-page bill.
A handful of states to date have enacted similar legislation including:
- South Dakota
- North Dakota