Grand Rapids Catholic group sues over Michigan policy on adoption

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Roman Catholic social services agency that declines to place children with same-sex couples has filed a lawsuit to stop Michigan from penalizing the group if it sticks to its policy on foster care and adoption.

Catholic Charities West Michigan in Grand Rapids filed the lawsuit Thursday. The group says Michigan law allows it to practice its religion by turning down same-sex couples. But the group says services will be threatened by a recent change at the Department of Health and Human Services.

The department can terminate contracts with faith-based groups if they discriminate against LGBTQ individuals. Catholic Charities says the department has “blindly followed” the instructions of Attorney General Dana Nessel.

The department declined to comment Friday. St. Vincent Catholic Charities has filed a similar lawsuit.

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2 comments

  • 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 losing his or her original parents new parents who are as close to what their original parents should have been as possible. It’s difficult to imagine how anyone could think a same-sex couple could fit that role. It is adoption agencies that would try to do that who should be punished, not those that wouldn’t.

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