Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed a bill Friday to allow faith-based adoption agencies to turn down service to LGBT couples, despite opposition from groups like the American Civil Liberties Union.
The new law, which becomes effective immediately, gives adoption agencies the right to refrain from placing a child into a home if it "violate[s] the agency's written religious or moral convictions or policies."
The law also prohibits the state from denying an agency's application for a license or grant for public funds because it refused to place a child into a particular home due to religious beliefs.
According to Gillum Ferguson, spokesman for Gov. Lee:
"The governor believes that protection of rights is important, especially religious liberty. This bill is centered around protecting the religious liberty of Tennesseans and that's why he signed it."