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Adoption agency sues Michigan over new rules to work with LGBTQ couples

DETROIT — St. Vincent Catholic Charities and an adoptive mother filed a federal lawsuit Monday against a recent Michigan settlement last month that bans state contracts with foster and adoption agencies that refuse to work with LGBTQ couples.

The agency and the mother, Melissa Buck, allege the new rules violated their First Amendment rights. The Detroit News reported that the group is represented by religious liberty group, Becket Law. The lawsuit was filed against both state and federal Department of Health and Human Services.

From the Detroit News:

In a Monday statement announcing the lawsuit, Buck said her family still relies on the support of St. Vincent “in every step of our journey together as a family.”

“We are hopeful that the courts will step in, do the right thing and allow faith-based agencies to continue to help vulnerable families like mine,” Buck said.

In March, state Attorney General Dana Nessel reached a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and two gay couples who had sued the state when they were rejected by agencies with religious objections to same-sex couples. The agencies were St. Vincent Catholic Charities and Bethany Christian Services.

The settlement required the state Department of Health and Human Services to maintain non-discriminatory provisions in foster care and adoption agency contracts by ending state contracts with agencies if they discriminate against same-sex couples.

According to the News, the two adoption agencies were responsible for 10% of the 13,000 kids being supervised by the state.

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