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PIERRE, South Dakota, March 14, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a law last week preventing faith-based adoption agencies from facing government discrimination for not placing children with same-sex couples.

The law is Senate Bill 149, sponsored by Senator Alan Solano, R-District 32, and Representative Steven Haugaard, R-District 10.

“No child-placement agency may be required to provide any service that conflicts with, or provide any service under circumstances that conflict with any sincerely-held religious belief or moral conviction of the child-placement agency,” it states. These beliefs “shall be contained in a written policy, statement of faith, or other document adhered to by a child-placement agency.”

“The state may not discriminate or take any adverse action against a child-placement agency or an organization seeking to become a child-placement agency” because of its sincerely-held religious or moral beliefs, the law continues.

In Massachusetts, Illinois, and Washington, D.C., Catholic Charities has been forced to shut down for refusing to place children with same-sex couples.

“I’m worried that a child placement agency may make what…

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