Tell Tennessee Lawmakers to Reject HB 836 / SB 1304

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We need your help in stopping HB 836 / SB 1304 – a bill that would create a license to discriminate in the Tennessee child welfare system. Lawmakers have already voted in favor of HB 836, so now we have to stop the companion bill — SB 1304 — in the Senate.

SB 1304 undermines a primary principle in the child welfare system – to put the best interests of the child first. This bill will reduce the number of families available to foster and adopt the most vulnerable children in Tennessee by allowing state-sanctioned discrimination against qualified LGBTQ foster and adoptive parents and any other parents that do not pass the agency’s religious or moral litmus test, and it hurts kids in care by allowing agencies to deny services to the children they are required to serve (and paid taxpayer dollars to do so). 

Your voice is making a difference for the children of Tennessee. 

A lawmaker who voted against this bill in a House Subcommittee hearing cited the hundreds of emails he has received from Tennesseans in opposition. We must keep up the pressure! We need you to contact your State Senators NOW to tell them to put Tennessee children first and OPPOSE this harmful bill!