Tennessee legislators have introduced a slate of bills granting licenses to discriminate. Among them are two bills that would allow faith-based child placement agencies to refuse to provide services to certain people due to religious or moral beliefs.
While often used to ban LGBT individuals and couples from providing loving homes, these laws can also bar single people, non-Christians, previously divorced people or interracial couples from caring for these children.
Tennessee is just one of several states which have introduced similar bills this session. The federal Department of Health and Human Services just issued a waiver to South Carolina allowing faith-based child welfare agencies in the state to discriminate based on religion.