The Detroit Free Press reports:
Michigan will no longer financially support adoption and foster care agencies that refuse to work with same-sex couples and LGBTQ individuals because of religious beliefs under the terms of a settlement of a lawsuit negotiated by Attorney General Dana Nessel.
The settlement, which was announced Friday, sets up a battle with the Republican-led Legislature, which passed a law in 2015 that allows adoptions agencies to refuse to work with members of the LGBTQ community.
In exchange for the policy, the plaintiffs in the case — Kristy and Dana Dumont of Lansing and Erin and Rebecca Busk-Sutton of Detroit — have agreed to dismiss their claims and pay their own attorney fees and costs.
As noted above, this isn’t the end of this. Nessel is openly lesbian and was elected after a widely-noted campaign ad that I’ve included below.
Settling a lawsuit over independent adoption and foster care agencies that won’t work with gay couples, Michigan on Friday became the first state in the nation to bar such organizations from receiving state tax dollars. https://t.co/tjB6DK29ui pic.twitter.com/NoH0DWqqot
— Courthouse News (@CourthouseNews) March 22, 2019
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 objection under a legal settlement announced Friday. https://t.co/71tYdESNjY
— Local 4 WDIV Detroit (@Local4News) March 22, 2019
“Faith-based adoption agencies comprise at least 25 percent of the licensed agencies in our state. Nessel’s actions will put an end to those organizations operating in Michigan … there will be fewer advocates working to place children in loving homes.” – @SenMikeShirkey https://t.co/otG1RZGa4y
— MI Senate GOP (@MISenate) March 22, 2019
Michigan AG and ACLU discriminate against faith-based adoption agencies: https://t.co/nJQiA0apUJ
— BECKET (@BECKETlaw) March 22, 2019
BREAKING: State-funded #adoption agencies in #Michigan must stop discriminating against #LGBTQ parents, Attorney General @dananessel just announced! #LoveMakesAFamily #WinningEquality #LGBT #equality https://t.co/qdfvXDrGlC
— MI Senate Democrats (@MISenDems) March 22, 2019