‘Clean’ adoption bill moves closer to Senate vote

[private]Heeding the calls of Gov. Nathan Deal and House Speaker David Ralston, the Senate is moving a bill that would comprehensively revise the state’s adoption law without veering into religious liberty issues.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted out a “clean” version of HB 159 on Wednesday and the measure could get a floor vote sometime next week.

The move amounts to a significant concession by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and the Senate leadership.

Last year, the Senate took the House version of HB 159 and added an amendment that would have allowed adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples. That resulted in a late-session squabble with the House that kept the bill from final passage.

Ralston and Deal have since been demanding that the Senate strip out the religious liberty language and pass the bill as initially intended.

“This comprehensive measure is one of my top priorities because of the positive impact it will have on countless lives,” Cagle said in a statement issued Wednesday evening. “I commend the House and all involved in advancing this important matter and look forward to it becoming a reality.”

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