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March 11, 2019      4:30 PM

Paxton seeks repeal, or exemption, from federal child welfare law

Letter mimics Trump move to expand adoption to religious groups; critics say “The state has no business using public funds to support religious discrimination.”

In the midst of social conservative groups like Texas Values and Concerned Women of America warning of bills “banning the Bible” and uncertainty about Senate Bill 15 possibly preempting local nondiscrimination ordinances, a letter from Attorney General Ken Paxton requesting a waiver from repeal of a rule could harm national efforts barring discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

In December, Paxton sent a letter to Lynn Johnson, the Assistant Secretary of the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, requesting either a repeal of or waiver from the rule barring child welfare agencies from denying services based on religious beliefs.

By James Russell

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