The question of what constitutes a family has long been mired in a cultural clash between advocates of religious freedom and LGBTQ rights.
In Democratic states, legislators have instituted nondiscrimination rules for adoption and foster care agencies that receive government funds.
Back in the newsLast month, Tennessee became the 11th state to protect religious adoption and foster care agencies, allowing them to work only with families that conform to their religious beliefs.
Some religious agencies have also declined to place children in the homes of those who do not share their religious views.
“It was one of the first crossings of the bridge to gay adoption,” he says.