Dr. James Dobson Applauds Tennessee Lawmakers’ Efforts to Help Every Child Find a Forever Home

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The following quote may be attributed to Dr. James Dobson, president of the James Dobson Family Institute, regarding Tennessee lawmakers’ efforts to protect children and religious freedom:

“Across the country, leftist advocacy groups and certain government officials are attempting to impose their orthodoxy of intolerance on faith-based adoption and foster care providers. As these providers face the difficult choice to either compromise their beliefs or close their doors, children ultimately pay the price. I’m extremely grateful that Tennessee lawmakers have made a courageous decision to keep kids first.

“Faith-based adoption and foster care providers have existed for decades, serving the needs of vulnerable children and the families who hope to provide them with a forever home. These organizations are often founded on Christian beliefs and operate according to their faith. These exemplary entities often believe – consistent with Scripture and social science – that children fare best when they are raised by a mother and father.

“Advocacy groups such as the ACLU are unwilling to tolerate such beliefs or the accomplished service organizations that hold them. Accordingly, they seek to pass laws that compel faith-based providers to place children in homes with same-sex couples. The end result is that faith-based providers may be forced to close their doors and fewer children will find a forever home.

“The common-sense law passed by the Tennessee legislature protects the First Amendment rights of adoption and foster care providers and enables them to operate according to their beliefs without fear of government punishment.

“Join me in commending those members who supported this legislation, and please encourage Governor Bill Lee to sign the bill into law as promised.”



Dr. James Dobson
is a celebrated psychologist, Christian leader, and founder and president of the Dr. James Dobson Family Institute (JDFI), which is dedicated to preserving the biblical institutions of marriage and family by encouraging, inspiring, supporting, and leading parents and children to build their lives on God’s Word.JDFI’s mission is driven by Dr. James Dobson’s legacy of serving families with broadcasts, videos, articles, leadership training, and policy advocacy to ensure the next generation of families are equipped to stand firm with answers to life’s most difficult questions.

Dobson’s Family Talk radio program is broadcast weekdays on over 1,300 radio outlets and is heard by over half a million people each week.

Dobson is the author of 71 books dedicated to the preservation of the family. He served as an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine for 14 years and on the attending staff of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for 17 years. He has been active in governmental affairs and has advised five U.S. presidents on family matters. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (1967) in the field of child development and research design. He holds 17 honorary doctoral degrees and was inducted in 2008 into The National Radio Hall of Fame.

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