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South Carolina 2018-2019 Appropriations Bill (HB 4950)

This law was last updated on Jul 6, 2018

This law is Anti–LGBTQ


South Carolina


HB 4950




Mar 6, 2018


Conscience and Refusal Clauses, LGBTQ, Religious Freedom

Full Bill Text

HB 4950 is a budget bill which includes a provision that allows child-placement agencies to refuse to provide any service that conflicts with a “sincerely-held religious belief or moral conviction.”

The provision (section 38.29) defines child-placing agency to mean “any person or entity who holds legal or physical custody of a child for the purpose of placement of foster care or adoption or a private placement and, which for the purposes of these regulations, retain their own system of foster homes.”

The provision prohibits the state from taking any adverse action against a faith-based child-placing agency, or an agency seeking to become a child-placing agency on the basis that such an agency has declined or will decline services due to a religious belief or moral conviction.

Child-placement agencies may now be allowed to discriminate against same-sex couples or LGBTQ individuals looking to adopt.


Sponsored by the House of Delegates Ways and Means Committee.


Passed the house on March 14, 2018, by a 117-2 vote.

Amended and passed the senate on April 12, 2018, by a 37-4 vote.

Passed the house on June 28, 2018, by a 84-28 vote.

Passed the senate on June 28, 2018, by a 30-9 vote.