Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill Thursday formally authorizing nonprofit adoption agencies that contract with the state to refuse service to same-sex couples on religious grounds, Reuters reports. The American Civil Liberties Union quickly vowed to file a court challenge to the measure, which is set to take effect in September, MLive writes.
Mr. Snyder signed the legislation less than 24 hours after it was passed by the Republican-controlled state Senate. Backers say the law, which largely codifies current practice, protects faith-based groups from the loss of state funding for acting on their religious beliefs. Agencies that decline child placements on faith grounds will be required to refer prospective adoptive parents to other groups willing to serve them.