BREAKING: Child welfare religious discrimination amendment killed

Posted on 18 May 2015 at 5:31pm

Rep. Scott Sanford, R-McKinney.

An amendment considered harmful by various LGBT advocacy groups was killed by one of its opponents today (Monday, May 18).

Rep. Scott Sanford, R-McKinney, attached the amendment to SB 206, a sunset review bill of the state’s Department of Family and Protective Services. The amendment was killed after Rep. Joe Moody, D-El Paso, raised a point of order.

Similar to his HB 3864, it would have allowed child welfare providers to discriminate against LGBT people as well as those of other faiths, interfaith couples and anyone else to whom a provider objects for religious reasons.

Though Sanford’s bill died last Thursday, May 14, he said he planned to attach it as an amendment to the sunset bill. An amendments may attach to a bills if it is ruled germane to the bill, per House rules.

Legislators had been looking to derail the amendment since Sanford first pulled it from consideration last week. Attempts to kill the amendment consistently failed.

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