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AP — Faith-based adoption agencies sued the state of Michigan on Monday, challenging a settlement that prevents them from refusing to put children in LGBT homes for religious reasons. District Court on behalf of Lansing-based St. Vincent Catholic Charities.
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The policy reversal came after two lesbian couples and a woman who went through the Michigan foster care system as a teen brought a federal discrimination suit in Residents of Dimondale who have been married sincethe Dumonts note that they were turned down as adoptive parents by St. Vincent Catholic Charities despite having good jobs, a big yard and extra bedrooms for a growing family.
AP — Faith-based adoption agencies that are paid by the state of Michigan will no longer be able to turn away LGBT couples or individuals because of religious objections under a legal settlement announced Friday. Michigan, like most states, contracts with private agencies to place children from troubled homes with new families. The lawsuit alleged that the same-sex couples were turned away by Catholic Charities and Bethany Christian Services because they are gay.
Last month, Attorney General Dana Nessel settled a lawsuit with Kristy and Dana Dumont, a Dimondale couple who was turned away from religious adoption agencies because they are gay. The settlement bans state-contracted adoption entities from discriminating about LGBT couples. Vincent Catholic Charities, one of the adoption agencies that refused the Dumonts.
Attorneys filed the suit Monday on behalf of April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, a Hazel Park couple raising three young children whose biological mothers either abandoned them or surrendered their legal rights shortly after birth. DeBoer and Rowse, who both work as nurses in Metro Detroit, have been in a committed relationship for ten years. A voter-approved constitutional amendment forbids them from marrying, and a separate Michigan law precludes unmarried couples from adopting.
Vanessa Romo. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, pictured earlier this month, has settled a lawsuit by same-sex couples who argued their rights were violated by faith-based adoption agencies that don't want to work with gays and lesbians. Faith-based adoption agencies in Michigan that benefit from taxpayer funding will no longer be allowed to legally turn away same-sex couples or LGBTQ individuals based on religious objection, under the terms of a settlement in a lawsuit alleging the practice constituted discrimination.
Two same-sex couples, Kristy and Dana Dumont and Erin and Rebecca Busk-Sutton, are directly suing the state for contracting with religious child-placement agencies it knows will refuse service to same-sex couples. Inthe legislature approved a law that ensured that agencies receiving taxpayer funding could refuse to serve same-sex couples without endangering their contracts with the state. Both couples have since been denied service from such agencies.