MICHIGAN: ACLU Sues State Over Gay Adoption

USA Today reports:

The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Wednesday against the state of Michigan challenging a law that allows adoption agencies to spurn potential LGBT parents under the guise of religion.

Religious exemption laws let people, churches and sometimes corporations cite religious beliefs as a reason not to enforce a law — such as declining to marry a same-sex couple or letting state-funded foster agencies refuse to place kids with same-sex couples.

The Michigan adoption law leads to “fewer options for children” when the pool of qualified adopters is diluted because of unreasonable legislation, ACLU lawyer Leslie Cooper said. “There is a desperate need for families. We need more families, not fewer.”

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed the state’s controversial bill into law in June 2015. The law in essence lets faith-based agencies say no to prospective parents if saying yes violates the group’s religious or moral beliefs.

The ACLU is hoping for a “clearer ruling” in court that says private agencies — ones receiving taxpayer dollars — can’t turn away potential adopters if they don’t share the agency’s religious convictions, Cooper said.

From the ACLU’s blog:

Couples like Kristy and Dana Dumont and Erin and Rebecca Busk-Sutton experienced this discrimination first-hand. Having seen recruitment emails featuring photos and bios of children in foster care waiting to be adopted, Kristy and Dana were moved and felt they could provide a loving family for a child in need.

They contacted a state-contracted agency to start the process. When the agency representative learned they were two women, she told them the agency does not work with same-sex couples. Kristy and Dana made another attempt with another agency and got the same answer. Erin and Rebecca had a similar experience when they reached out to an agency about adopting a child out of foster care.

Michigan can’t afford to have families like the Dumonts and the Busk-Suttons turned away based on criteria that have nothing to do with their ability to care for a child. Allowing state-contracted agencies to screen out prospective families based on religious criteria not only harms the children most in need, it is also unconstitutional.

It violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, which bars the use of religious criteria in the provision of government services like foster care and adoption services for children in state custody. And it violates the Equal Protection Clause by discriminating against same-sex couples.

  • Gustav2

    They want to take money from a citizen’s wallet, then deny that citizen services.

    It is called thievery.

  • matrem

    If you guys and gals could comment on the Hill in defense of our community, that would be great.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/351550-aclu-sues-michigan-over-gay-adoption-screening

  • another_steve

    “Religious liberty” = code for “license to discriminate.”

    The biggest scam and threat facing progressives in America today.

    • Snarkaholic

      …while breaking multiple (inconvenient) laws themselves.

  • safari
    • JWC

      will someone send this illiterate bufoon back to his cage He is a total embarrasment

      • bambinoitaliano

        Maybe Jane Goodall can help?

    • Hue-Man

      Not a problem. Got it confused with the real country of Narnia.

      • greenmanTN

        Nambia is the next wardrobe over.

    • Gustav2

      Damn, now I am going to have to apologize to our African immigrant neighbors AGAIN!

    • safari
      • Gustav2

        Bring back colonial Africa!

      • bambinoitaliano

        By friend he means that old carcass Pat Robertson who enslave the locals for his gold digging?

        • Danieruw

          Ivanka and her Ethiopian factories. Pennies per day!

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        Another sign of his dementia — he really thinks he has friends.

    • The_Wretched

      Is he covering the States in the United States of Africa? Last I checked, they are all independant countries with little to no oversight on their neighbors.

    • Clive Johnson

      Behold! The philosopher king of the deplorables.

    • Snarkaholic

      “Oops…I meant the CITY of Nambia, in the COUNTRY of Africa!”

    • UrsusArctos

      Is that east or west of Pambia?

    • Jon

      He’s sounding out the words while he stares at his note cards because he’s never “read” through them ahead of time because of his illiteracy. Loser. Sad!

    • bambinoitaliano

      Chronicles of Nambia : The Liar, The Snitch and The Warlord.

      • boatboy_srq

        Is he brokering a peace agreement to end the Nambo-Tanzipian War?

    • marshlc

      I don’t watch TV news so seldom see him talking, just hear him on the radio or Maddow’s podcast or whatever.

      Is this how he gives a speech from notes? Jesus Christ, I’d fail a seventh grader who gave a presentation this way. Look at your audience, not at your notes, you bozo! Know what you are planning to say, so your notes are just there to keep you on course, keep figures and dates and difficult-to-remember details in front of you. You should be looking at your audience, and glancing at your notes, not looking at your notes and glancing at your audience.

      Take a Toastmasters course, for Christ’s sake. Have some respect for yourself and the people you’re talking to.

      • marshlc

        I’ve been a judge for 4H club public speaking. Even the really little kids would do better than he’s doing here.

  • Randy503

    They insist that gay couples only want children to molest and indoctrinate them.

    Just like the Dugger’s, I guess….

    • another_steve

      Tie. All. Duggar. Tubes.

      • Snarkaholic

        …to the rear bumper of their 1978 Gremlin.

      • boatboy_srq

        I was going to say “with no anaesthesia” but I like Snarkaholic’s answer better.

  • Cuberly

    OT: Tempers are flaring. Lindsaybelle appears to have had a bit of a tiff.

    https://twitter.com/burgessev/status/910523570266222593

    • safari

      We’re going to have to keep her with in short distance of a fainting couch.

      • Tawreos

        We are still going to pull it out from under her when she faints, right?

        • Snarkaholic

          …and replace it with several cinder blocks.

          • Tawreos

            That might be too cruel, how about we cover the cinder blocks with fiberglass insulation and broken glass to give it some color.

      • bambinoitaliano

        I’ll be the one to make sure he will miss it every time he drops.

    • Gustav2

      You would get belligerent too if someone was stopping you from taking healthcare away from children!

    • Uncle Mark

      If LindseyBelle is so gay for this “healthcare plan,” then why isn’t he among the first to insist upon enrolling in this? I hope this closeted bitch dies outed, ostracized, unemployed, unloved and alone.

      • bambinoitaliano

        Under normal circumstances that bitch will open wide and swallow but no one is sticking their dicks in where he is at. Bitter queen clean up at aisle 6.

      • UrsusArctos

        I’m assuming congress gets to keep their gold plated Bugatti plans for life.

        • Tawreos

          We should make them have to take whatever they give to us.

          • UrsusArctos

            My deplorable senator does just that – for his staff.

      • Dom Saunders
      • canoebum

        You’d think by now at least one rentboy or pool man would have come forward. He must pay them very well.

        • Uncle Mark

          Or the pool men/rent boys are so utterly traumatized, they don’t want to ever recall being with her

    • Rebecca Gardner
    • netxtown

      Well! Finally the old queen is owning up to being an old queen! Somebody get her a mint julep.

    • Rex

      Well, bless her heart.

    • bambinoitaliano
    • Cuberly

      HA! So when Politico interviews Lindsaybelle about courting Murkowski’s vote this is what he says?

      “We’re very interested in helping Alaska because Alaska has 750,000 people. And a land mass bigger than Texas,” Graham said.”

      http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/20/obamacare-repeal-senate-vote-graham-cassidy-242937

      He may as well just say “Yes, Alaska is a red state place!”

      • Danieruw

        To be “fair”, he took drumpf’s crib notes.

  • safari

    We have such a pretty state but with some ugly people who keep trying to wreck it.

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • another_steve

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      Stealing it.

      • Rebecca Gardner

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    • Hank

      I was just thinking about putting my copy up, when I say you had already done so. We just have to get it to the “right” people to understand!

      • fuow

        Hey! I’ve got an idea! Let’s all get out there and vote for candidates (like Hillary) who support freedom from theocracies!
        What’s that I hear you say? She’s not perfect, so you aren’t going to vote for her?
        Oh, well, never mind, then.

        • Hank

          Hilary may not be perfect to some, however as far as I am concerned, she was the MOST Qualified Candidate in decades!!!

  • The_Wretched

    In a just country, Snyder would be in jail for ordering the cover-up of lead-tainted water. I hope the ACLU wins this case about the rights of kids and keeps suing.

    • Uncle Mark

      This fucker didn’t care about kids drinking lead; why would he care about orphans with no political clout?

    • Clive Johnson

      I hear ya.

      The Flint situation still leaves me feeling embittered and outraged. When something so fundamental to human well-being as clean drinking water is dealt with the way the people of Flint were, it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that this country is, all too often, a hell hole for human rights. And I would love, love, love to see the smirking imbeciles like Snyder and others pay a huge price for it.

      • RaygunsGoZap

        My partner’s best friend spent the past year plus working in Flint to help citizens there. The ineptitude and obstructionism that is going on there is maddening. And under reported.

  • gaycuckhubby

    If we survive the Trump era with any of our rights intact it will be because of heroes like ACLU, Lambda Legal, NCLR

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      Don’t wait for Xmas. Donate to these orgs today.

  • PickyPecker

    Support the ACLU! Consider a contribution if you are able! They are going to be VERY busy doing expensive work for all of us.
    http://aclu-in.org/images/Notices/Romero.jpg

  • Chucktech

    Sue the fuck out of them. Too bad they can’t be sued so badly the state goes out of business.

    • gaycuckhubby

      Well, that would actually harm the plaintiffs. A lot.
      But I like your righteous indignation!
      😁

  • They take taxpayer money…and then demand to be allowed to discriminate.

    First it’ll be “no adoptions by gay parents.” Then “no adoptions for single parents.” Then it’ll be “no adoptions for non-Christians.” Then…well, you get the idea.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Try “no mixed-race adoptions.” That would really bring the firestorm.

  • Ninja0980

    If nothing else, the go somewhere else argument has been shown for the farce it is.
    One of the couples did just that and had the door shut in their face again and again.

    • While the adults could possibly go elsewhere, the parentless children in foster care can’t. They are stuck waiting in a cruel system hoping against hope for a better, brighter more parent-filled tomorrow.

      • Ninja0980

        And that serves some of these bigots just fine.
        Makes me want to punch a wall.

        • Makes me want to punch their heads in. In their “view” children are the leeches of American society, and to make things worse, they can’t vote!!

  • safari

    O/T: Moments ago Michigan’s Civil Service Comission voted 3-1 to put more limits on state employee union rights.

    • UrsusArctos

      Are they doing a slo-mo version of what Snot Walker did in WI? Go after all the unions except fire/police to keep them from standing against him, then come back and screw them over later.

  • netxtown

    Let us all take a moment today to thank republicans for turning elections into religious wars.

    • fuow

      And, while we’re at it, let us thank all the gay men who stayed home or voted ‘Green’ in November to ‘teach’ us Democrats a lesson.

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • pete

      listen up, world, this from a conservative republican!

  • Friday

    Of course, it’s really the Christianists who are *really* after the children.

  • boatboy_srq

    One gets the feeling that, if that slimeball Snyder were given the choice of allowing LGBTs to adopt or drinking a liter of Flint tap water for a year without additional treatment or filtration, he would pick the latter.

    • Clive Johnson

      Yeah, exactly. I think that’s how far their depravity likely extends.

  • joe ho

    With Trump packing the fed judiciary with far-right, religious nutcase Heritage Foundation picks, good luck with LGBT rights in the courts for the next 30 years.

    Thanks again to the Bernie or Busters and Green Partiers.

    • fuow

      You got that one right.

  • Hank
  • Ken M
  • JCF
  • fuow

    Thanks to all the gays who stayed home or voted ‘Green’ in November 2016, there’s an outstandingly good chance we’ll lose on this before the Supremes. Where it will eventually land.
    Thanks, guys – so glad you kept that horrid Hillary out of office. It’s not like Trump could do anything in four years we couldn’t just undo in the wink of an eye in 2020, as you kept telling us.