Tennessee bills would allow adoption agencies to deny LGBT couples

Rainbow flag, Photo Date: June 30, 2013

(WVLT) -- Tennessee legislatures had introduced two new bills, both centered on adoption.

One of the bills, HB0836 filed by Rep. Tim Rudd, states that it "prohibits a private licensed child-placing agency from being required to perform, assist, consent to, refer, or participate in any child placement...that would violate the agency's written religious or moral convictions."

It was introduced on Feb. 5.

The other bill, SB 0848 introduced by Sen. Joey Hensley and Rep. John Ragan, was filed for introduction on Feb. 6.

It states that "a child-placing agency shall not be required to provide adoption services that conflict with the agency's sincerely held religious beliefs."