The ACLU has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the state of Michigan challenging the state’s law that allows faith-based foster care and adoption placement agencies to operate according to their biblical convictions and not place children with same-sex couples.
Apparently, both Bethany Christian Services and Catholic Charities, which are not defendants in the case, were named as two agencies that turned away two “married” lesbian couples who were trying to adopt children. The ACLU maintains that not allowing children to be placed with same-sex couples would reduce the amount of available foster parents, but the law’s supporters suggest that it would be the reduction of faith-based organizations that would actually reduce availability.
While Michigan prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, it does provide an exception for religious agencies.
The results of this lawsuit could set precedent for other states. If the ACLU wins, that could force faith-based agencies to close. And if the state wins, that’s great news for other states that want to keep running their organizations on biblical principles.
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