Is this the result you were expecting?
A lower court ruling in Michigan favoring same-sex couples over the rights of religious organizations to NOT work with same-sex couples seeking adoption was appealed and sent before a Federal judge.
The original case pit the State against St. Vincent Catholic Charities over their adoption policy. Their policy was challenged in court and ruled to be an example of unlawful discrimination.
In 2017, Nessel, a Democrat who is Michigan’s first openly gay statewide officeholder, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan sued the state on behalf of two lesbian couples.
Fast forward, and the case gets kicked up to a higher court to be heard again, with the question of what happens when LGBT priorities and Religious rights come into conflict. Does a religious institution still have a right to operate according to its own conscience? Or does the co-opted Rainbow overrule them now?
In April, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty challenged Nessel’s deal, suing on behalf of St. Vincent, two adoptive parents and a former foster child who was adopted.
The complaint alleges violations of the plaintiffs’ First Amendment rights and the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act – claims on which the plaintiffs will likely prevail, according to the judge.
Jonker, an appointee of former President George W. Bush, also declined to dismiss Nessel from the suit, saying she ‘targeted’ St. Vincent.
He said she is at the ‘very heart’ of the case after she made past statements referring to proponents of the 2015 law as ‘hate-mongers’ and calling the measure indefensible during her 2018 campaign.
The decision was cheered by one of the adoptive parents, Melissa Buck of Holt, near Lansing. St. Vincent helped her and her husband, Chad, adopt five special needs children who were in the state’s foster care system.
What do you think?
Should religious agences have to bow the knee to ‘woke’ political correctness? Or should the same-sex folks stand down and let them be true to their own moral compass?