Texas House OKs Family Department Bill Without Gay Adoption Limits

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas House has passed a bill reorganizing a state family agency - without divisive rules allowing private child welfare agencies to block gays and same-sex couples from adopting children on religious grounds.

The lower chamber voted 146-0 Wednesday to advance an overhaul of the Department of Family and Protective Services. The bill already cleared the Senate.

House social conservatives had planned to attach an amendment before a preliminary approval vote that came Tuesday. It would have protected child agencies that object to gay and same-sex adoptions for religious reasons from being sued.

Democrats opposed it and slowed debate down, however. With a key deadline looming at midnight Tuesday, the amendment was abandoned.

It could have resurfaced Wednesday during final approval, but didn't. The final vote didn't include any amendments.

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