(L-R) South Dakota State Senator Alan Solano and

Representative Steven G. Haugaard

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.”

Presumably the driver behind this bigotry are three Christian adoption agencies: Bethany Christian Services, Lutheran Social Services and New Horizons Adoption Agency. Catholic Charities does not seem to service South Dakota. Based on SB 149 these agencies could probably lawfully decline to place children with Jewish couples and still receive state funds.

None of these agencies have a discriminatory statement on their website.  Bethany claims to be a 501(c)3 (two locations). No record according to the IRS and no returns available on Guidestar. Lutheran Social Services took in $12.7 million in program services revenue in 2014. That probably represents state payments. $8.2 million of that was for youth services. New Horizons had total program service revenues of $0.5 million in 2015. The tax return appears to be incomplete.

Adoption agencies do the work of the state with taxpayer money. Ultimately I expect that the courts will determine that South Dakota’s Senate Bill 149 is unconstitutional. It recognizes religion. It even subsidizes non-neutral religious organizations.

This is the handiwork of  South Dakota State Senator Alan Solano and

Representative Steven G. Haugaard. Both are GOPers.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.