New Michigan adoption bills that recently passed by a 5-3 vote will allow religious objections to adoption, making it possible for religious adoption agencies to prevent adoption to those who they feel don’t fit their criteria.

The concern with these religious objections is that they are actually discriminatory against gay and lesbian couples, and against those of a different faith. But proponents of the bills say that nothing has changed, really. These agencies, who placed children in homes that fit their criteria in the past, can now put those guidelines into writing.

There continue to be many non-religion based agencies who will allow adoptions regardless of race, religion, or sexual preference.