The state of Michigan has announced that funding will be cut off from adoption agencies that do not work with same-sex couples, forcing faith-based organizations to choose between their religious beliefs and the bottom line. This decision, announced Friday, comes as a result of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) suing the state on behalf of two lesbian couples. The legal settlement was negotiated between ACLU lawyers and Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office. In exchange for this new policy for adoption agencies, the plaintiffs in the case will be dismissing their claims and paying their own fees and costs.
Kimberly Leonard, writing for the Washington Examiner, describes the clash between religious liberty and LGBT rights as it expands to include the issue of adoption. The issue is emotional and increasingly difficult to see clearly. In changing the definitions of marriage and family, the responsibility of raising children has been subordinated to the false notion that people have certain rights to have children. What has been obscured is the well-being of the children themselves, not to mention the rights of religious organizations to act in good conscience as they attempt to find safe and healthy homes for children in need.
Breaking the logjam on conscience protection at the state level, South Dakota passed a law protecting adoption agencies from being shut out because they do not place children in all kinds of families, including gay families, on an equal basis. Nothing in the law prevents gay adoptions or foster care. It merely permits adoption agencies to recruit good families within their own religious tradition, or to prefer married families to other families. Governments in blue states have reinterpreted their gay equality laws to discriminate against religious adoption agencies who do not place children in all families equally. South Dakota joins
Amidst a crowded Day One schedule, CPAC yesterday afternoon featured an important panel called “Adoption: Every Child Deserves a Strong Family,” moderated by John Eddy, a board member of the ACU, and featuring Dr. Wendy Warcholik, Co-Director of the ACU’s Family Prosperity Initiative, Stan Swim, of the GFC Foundation, and Charlie Gerow, Vice Chairman of the ACU. The panel, unfortunately shortened due to delays with security, focused on the importance of strong families and adoption. Mr. Gerow opened the panel with a personal story of his mother’s decision to put him up for adoption. After his biological father left his