Dem AG candidate: Adoption law discriminates against gays

DETROIT (AP) — The Democratic candidate for Michigan attorney general says she probably wouldn’t defend a law that allows faith-based groups to reject same-sex couples who want to adopt children.

Dana Nessel, who is gay, tells The Associated Press that the law discriminates against gay people. The 2015 law is being challenged in court by critics who argue that it’s unconstitutional.

Faith-based groups are paid by the state to place children from troubled families with new families. But they aren’t required to provide services that conflict with their beliefs.

Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office is defending the law in court. If elected, Nessel says she’d probably tell the Legislature to hire its own lawyers.

Nessel says the law is discriminatory and has “no viable defense.” She was part of the legal team that overturned Michigan’s ban on gay marriage.

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8 comments

  • steve

    Such a law should discriminate against gay adoption. I don’t care what anyone may say. Children should be adopted into a lifestyle that would make the child as comfortable as possible, and a gay lifestyle is atypical and would only add to any difficulty a child might have in the process.

      • steve

        No, I’m not. To expect a child to be comfortable in an atypical situation, a gay lifestyle, would be unfair, and that is the main consideration for the child’s welfare. If a child is to willingly adopt a gay lifestyle later in life fine. But, it should not be by default when that decision is made for the child by gay adults.

          • steve

            I’ll stand by what I said. To take a child who is very, very likely to have no homosexual tendencies whatsoever and place them in a situation that fosters that lifestyle is absolutely conflicts with the child’s natural development. If a child is going to be gay, let them recognize it. They won’t need help. But, to take a child who has no homosexual tendencies and place them in a situation that is unnatural for them is simply wrong, and there’s no way you could convince me otherwise.

  • Kevin Rahe

    Adoption is about finding parents for a child, not the other way around. We owe a child who has endured the tragedy of his original parents being unwilling or unable to raise him or her new parents as likely as possible to be what their original parents should have been for them.