Indiana Asks High Court To Review Birth Certificate Ruling

Jun 21, 2020
Lauren Chapman/IPB News

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana's attorney general's office is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a federal appeals court's ruling that sided with a gay married couple who challenged the state's birth records law. Indiana's petition with the high court comes after the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in January that same-sex couples should have the same rights as other couples to be named as parents on birth certificates without having to go through the adoption process.

Annacaroline Caruso/WVPE News

Friday is National Adoption Day. Several adoptions took place this morning at the St. Joseph Probate Court in celebration.

Families entered the courtroom one after another  some to finalize adoptions with step parents and others to legally adopt their foster kids. Either way, each family walked out feeling a little more complete.

Judge Allows Michigan Adoption Agencies To Bar LGBT Homes

Sep 26, 2019
Fernando Vergara/AP Photo

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's religious-based adoption agencies that contract with the state will be allowed to refuse to place children in LGBT homes under a preliminary injunction issued by a federal judge Thursday.

Lawmakers Approve Study Topics For Summer Committees

May 21, 2019
Brandon Smith

Prescription drug prices and rising health care costs, ticket scalping, and adoption subsidies are just some of the issues lawmakers will tackle in study committees this year.

Catholic Group Sues Over Michigan Policy On Adoption

Apr 26, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Roman Catholic social services agency that declines to place children with same-sex couples has filed a lawsuit to stop Michigan from penalizing the group if it sticks to its policy on foster care and adoption.

Catholic Charities West Michigan in Grand Rapids filed the lawsuit Thursday. The group says Michigan law allows it to practice its religion by turning down same-sex couples. But the group says services will be threatened by a recent change at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Michigan Adoption Agency Reverses LGBT Policy

Apr 22, 2019

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A major faith-based foster care and adoption contractor for the state of Michigan said Monday it will place children in LGBT homes, reversing course following a recent legal settlement.

 Grand Rapids-based Bethany Christian Services is responsible for about 8% of Michigan's more than 13,000 foster care and adoption cases involving children from troubled households.

Faith-Based Adoption Agency Sues After Michigan Settlement

Apr 15, 2019

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Faith-based adoption agencies sued the state of Michigan on Monday, challenging a settlement that prevents them from refusing to put children in LGBT homes for religious reasons.

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed the lawsuit in federal court on behalf of St. Vincent Catholic Charities, which receives state funding to help place children from troubled homes with new families. Also suing are two adoptive parents and a former foster child who was adopted.

A new study shows hate crimes laws often aren’t utilized. House lawmakers change a school bus safety bill. And a Senate panel advances a bill to loosen restrictions on adoption advertising.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

Hate Crimes Research

Brandon Smith

If Hoosiers post online that they’re interested in adopting a child, they’re technically committing a crime in the state of Indiana.