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Bethany Christian Services Changes Adoption and Foster Care Policy

Michigan faith-based adoption agency Bethany Christian Services has caved into the LGBT agenda.

After the state of Michigan was sued by the ACLU in 2017 for supposedly allowing Grand Rapids-based Bethany Christian services to “discriminate” against same-sex couples who wanted to be parents, a state settlement was reached this year. In that settlement, Michigan’s attorney general declared in April that foster and adoption agencies contracting with the government could no longer decline to work with LGBT families. Instead of shutting its doors, Bethany opted to change its longstanding policy to comply.

Said a spokesman for Bethany Christian Services in a statement, “We are disappointed with how this settlement agreement has been implemented by the state government. Nonetheless, Bethany will continue operations in Michigan, in compliance with our legal contract requirements. We are focused on demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ by serving children in need, and we intend to continue doing so in Michigan.”

But Federalist writer Auguste Meyrat fears that this kind of “loving” response is just the kind of thing that will eventually completely secularize Christian ministries. “If someone wants to spread his values—Christian or not—through charity, he should do so by competing, not compelling. If the LGBT community wants to help gay couples adopt, they can start their own adoption agencies,” says Meyrat. “Charity starts with values, and safeguarding those values is the only way to safeguard charity.”

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FACT Files Rule 60 Motion in Williamson County Chancery Court

On Monday, the Constitutional Government Defense Fund, a strategic litigation initiative of The Family Action Council of Tennessee, filed a Motion for Relief from Judgment in the Chancery Court in Williamson County, Tenn., asking the court to set aside its earlier judgment dismissing the claims of five Williamson County residents related to the administration of Tennessee’s marriage licensing statutes by the Williamson county clerk following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.

Earlier this year, it was learned that the provisions in Tennessee’s Constitution that prohibit the state from licensing marriages between two people of the same sex were deliberately not enjoined by the federal court that heard the same-sex “marriage” lawsuit filed against Gov. Haslam.

The basis of the motion is those constitutional provisions still apply and they expressly make “void and unenforceable” “purporting to define marriage as anything other than the historical institution and legal contract between one man and one woman.”

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Taylor Swift Funds LGBT Advocacy Group

Singer Taylor Swift, who grew up in Nashville, gave $113,000 to Tennessee Equality Project, an LGBT organization that lobbies at the state Capitol.

Along with the donation, Swift sent a note to Executive Director Chris Sanders that said, “Dear Chris, I’m writing you to say that I’m so inspired by the work you do, specifically in organizing the recent petition of Tennessee faith leaders standing up against the ‘Slate of Hate’ in our state legislature.”

That “slate” includes a bill to prevent adoption/foster care placement agencies from being sued for not placing children with same-sex couples if doing so is based on religious or moral conviction, as well as Family Action of Tennessee’s Business Protection Act and School Protection Act.

Last year, Swift broke her silence concerning her personal political views to endorse Phil Bredesen for Senate over then-Congressman Marsha Blackburn and said in reference to Blackburn’s viewpoint, “These are not MY Tennessee values.”

Well, Ms. Swift, we say in reference to what you are now endorsing, “These are not OUR Tennessee values.”

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Faith-Based Adoption Agencies Get Support in the TN House

The House passed HB 836 by a vote of 67-22 on Monday.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Tim Rudd (R-Murfreesboro), protects faith-based adoption and foster care agencies that, on the basis of their religious conviction, believe placing children in homes with same-sex couples is not in the child’s best interest.

Passage of the bill means these agencies cannot be sued if their decision not to place children with homosexual couples is based on such a religious conviction.

The Senate companion bill, SB 1304 by Sen. Mark Pody (R-Lebanon), is scheduled to be heard on the last calendar of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has not yet been set.

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