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Photo : SAUL LOEB/AFP ( Getty Images )According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, on any given day, over 437,000 children are living in the U.S. foster care system and the number has been rising.

In 2019 only around 61,000 children were adopted and 26 percent of that number weren’t adopted until they were at 9-years or older.

17,844 (7 percent ) aged out of the U.S. foster care system, and a majority left without the emotional and financial support necessary to live comfortably on their own that other children can receive within a family.

Bill Lee signed a measure Friday that would allow religious adoption agencies to deny service to same-sex couples.

“The governor believes that protection of rights is important, especially religious liberty,” Lee spokesman Gillum Ferguson said.

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