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.”
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