Commonwealth Policy Center

Kentucky House Republicans went on record to support Sunrise Children’s Services in its dispute with the Beshear Administration. Seventy-two members of the Republican Caucus wrote a letter to Gov. Beshear and asked him to renew the contract with Kentucky’s oldest adoption and foster care agency. Caucus members pointed out that the Legislature passed HB192 to ensure state contracts would not interfere with freedom of religion. Speaker Pro Tem David Meade told Beshear his decision should not be based on politics.  He said “[The Caucus] is simply asking that the state continue in this partnership and not risk the care provided to hundreds of Kentucky children.” The letter is a clear statement that House Republicans support religious freedom and Sunrise. It remains to be seen whether Gov. Beshear will listen.