Notably, the bill does not just apply to religious organizations who provide these services-it applies to any agency that claims to hold a particular religious belief.
The bill is meant to protect agencies who would deny adoptions that would be in conflict with its religious beliefs.
While it's apparent that the bill is primarily aimed at allowing child placement agencies to turn away LGBTQ couples, it would also allow discrimination against prospective parents based on their religion, including interfaith couples, on age, or on marital status.
"Because of the action we took, children in Texas are going to be worse off" - Rep. Helen Giddings, D-Dallas, after her non-controversial bill that would have prevented so-called public "shaming" of students who families fall behind on paying for their school-provided lunches was delayed - and probably killed - by a parliamentary maneuver on the House floor.
Many religious adoption agencies say they don't work with adoptive parents who are gay, non-Christian or unmarried.
As the bill heads to the Senate for its own debate, many expect it will meet with little resistance from the conservative house.
The Texas bill also includes provisions that let adoption and foster care agencies refuse to provide or facilitate abortion services and contraception to teens under their care.
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"It's horrific that the Texas House would allow state-funded or private adoption agencies to use religious exemptions as a weapon to ban qualified LGBTQ families from adopting a child".
The legislation would apply to both private and state-funded adoption agencies.
The bill that was scheduled for debate and approval this past weekend in the state house, however it will be discussed later this week.
As local advocates have pointed out, religious agencies in Texas already engage in discrimination against prospective clients.
Abbott has declared fixing child protective services a priority in the face of rising investigator caseloads and child deaths.
But Rebecca Robertson, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas' legislative and policy director, said the state - whose only faith providers are Christian - is lacking in such options.She would not address the ACLU's plan to fight the law if it passes, but said she is now focused on "trying to keep a bad bill from passing". It would also apply to programs and organizations that provide assistance to abused or neglected children, counseling services for children and parents, programs that offer support for foster and adoptive parents, and organizations that provide family support services or "family preservation services". But if they did, he said, the bill requires them to refer the parents to a "secondary" provider in the same area. "This goes against the best interest of the child".
"If a 17-year-old who is sexually active wants birth control, the burden to prove that constitutional right is on the child", said Bryant.