Federal Judge Overturns Anti-discrimination Adoption Rules

District Judge Robert Jonker issued a preliminary injunction against Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel’s anti-discrimination rules pertaining to LGBT parents adopting children. Nessel has fought for equal marriage in Michigan, and is currently fighting for more equality rights among LGBTQ+. Regarding discrimination of LGBTQ parents adopting children, Nessel has said, Discrimination in the provision of foster care case management and adoption services is illegal, no matter the rationale. Limiting the opportunity for a child to be adopted or fostered by a loving home not only goes against the state’s goal of finding a home for every child, it is a direct violation of the contract every child placing agency enters into with the state.”

Nessel’s adoption rules made it so that agencies would not get state funding if they turned away suitable parents on the basis of sexuality. Joiner argued that this ruling directly attacks religious beliefs held by the Catholic community. St. Vincent’s adoption agency, who had brought legal action against the Attorney General, believes it is their right to turn down LGBT parents based on their religious beliefs. Jonker stated, “What this case is about is whether St. Vincent may continue to do this work and still profess and promote the traditional Catholic belief that marriage as ordained by God is for one man and one woman.”