[Ed. – It’s the gay wedding cake debate all over again.]
The State of Michigan is asking a federal district court to dismiss an ACLU lawsuit seeking to shut down the State’s faith-based adoption agencies. The case, Dumont v. Lyon, was brought on behalf of two same-sex couples who claim they suffered discrimination from Christian child-placement agencies who told them they didn’t handle same-sex adoptions. The lawsuit demands that Michigan stop contracting with any faith-based adoption agency that “employs religious criteria” in its screening decisions – decisions, the ACLU alleges, that harm “vulnerable children by denying them access to loving families.”
Significantly, the complaint fails to mention that its same-sex plaintiffs remained at all relevant times free to seek adoption services from other available agencies. In other words, no one denied access to anybody.
That detail would undermine the ACLU’s intended narrative, the one attorney for the case Leslie Cooper presents in an online post as “Same-Sex Couples Are Being Turned Away from Becoming Foster and Adoptive Parents in Michigan. So We’re Suing.” As with the lawsuit she filed, nowhere does her post describe any same-sex couple actually being stopped from fostering or adopting. That’s because not obtaining a license from a particular adoption agency doesn’t stop any couple from being licensed by others.