Judge Allows Michigan Adoption Agencies To Bar LGBT Homes

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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.

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.

LGBT Donors Helping Pete Buttigieg Defy 2020 Expectations

Apr 8, 2019

GREENVILLE, South Carolina (AP) — Jonah Burrell first contributed to Pete Buttigieg's campaign after watching the first prominent openly gay presidential candidate on television.

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Plaintiffs from the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court case that established marriage equality spoke to students at Notre Dame’s Law School on Wednesday.

Jim Obergefell the named plaintiff in the Supreme Court case, and Greg Bourke and Michael DeLeon, plaintiffs in a Kentucky case that was rolled into Obergefell’s suit, spoke to a packed room at the Notre Dame Law School.

They discussed their stories, and their experiences at the Supreme Court and at lower courts, and what has happened since.