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Discrimination or moral grounds? Controversial vote on Michigan faith-based adoption agencies

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A legislative committee could vote this week to let faith-based agencies in Michigan refuse to participate in adoptions that violate their beliefs, despite accusations that the legislation would permit discrimination.

Advocates say the bills would codify existing practice into law and preemptively protect adoption agencies from repercussions if Michigan legalizes gay marriage or civil unions.

In 2011, Illinois ended long-standing contracts with Catholic Charities to provide foster care and adoptions because of the group's practice of referring unmarried couples to other agencies.

It's the latest dispute over "conscience" legislation in the Republican-led Legislature. A separate bill involving objections to contraception and medical procedures is pending in the state Senate.

Fox 2's Amy Lange takes a deeper look into the issue.  Play the video to get her full report.

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