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Michigan Cites SCOTUS Ruling for Allowing Some Adoption Agencies to Deny Same-Sex Couples
Supreme Court that allowed a Catholic charity in Philadelphia to do the same thing.Michigan child welfare officials said they will continue to contract with adoption and foster care agencies that do not work with same-sex, LGBTQ or unmarried couples after the state settled a lawsuit with a Catholic charity that had sued in 2019 when the state stopped contracting with agencies that refused same-sex or LGBTQ individuals, The Detroit News reported."While this outcome is not what we hoped for, we are committed to providing support to the many members in the LGBTQ+ community who want to open their hearts and their homes," the Associated Press quoted a statement from Demetrius Starling, executive director of the Children's Services Agency.In 2021, the Supreme Court found that the city of Philadelphia had violated the First Amendment rights of a Catholic adoption and foster care agency when the city refused to work with the agency until it agreed to place children with same-sex couples.Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in a majority opinion last year that the Catholic Social Services agency "seeks only an accommodation that will allow it to continue serving the children of Philadelphia in a manner consistent with its religious beliefs; it does not seek to impose those beliefs on anyone else," according to the AP.The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services followed the SCOTUS ruling and settled the lawsuit Tuesday with Lansing-based St. Vincent Catholic charities, the agency that sued the state in 2019 after it refused to contract with adoption and foster care agencies that wouldn't place children with same-sex and unmarried couples, The Detroit News reported."We are relieved and overjoyed to know that St.
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