ACLU Statement on defeat of LB 975

Affiliate: ACLU of Nebraska
April 1, 2016 4:45 pm

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LINCOLN, Neb – Today the Nebraska Legislature did not advance a bill that would have allowed religious child welfare agencies the ability to turn away potential foster or adoptive parents on religious grounds. The following statement can be attributed to Danielle Conrad, Executive Director:

“Today was a victory for fairness and a victory for Nebraska children in need. Our state is full of qualified loving families of all shapes and sizes that should have an opportunity to be a part of the child welfare system. We’re thankful to those in the Nebraska Legislature who saw this bill for what it was – a license to discriminate that would harm children in our state. Governments contractors who are supported by tax dollars should not be turning away qualified families or be allowed to put their own religious views above the best interests of our children.”

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