Money over morals? Adoption agency succumbs to pressure

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

lesbian relationshipA traditional-values, pro-family organization is "disappointed" with a decision by a major foster care and adoption contractor not to wait for a legal matter to play out regarding placement of children with same-sex couples.

On Monday, Bethany Christian Services will begin placing children with same-sex couples following a legal settlement between the ACLU and Attorney General Dana Nessel (D-Michigan). According to that settlement, faith-based adoption agencies will not receive state funding if they refuse LGBT parents. Still, Dan Jarvis of Michigan Family Forum says Michigan passed a law in 2015 to protect faith-based adoption agencies in these types of situations.

"Obviously, state contracts were more important than their religious principles, and we're very disappointed in Bethany's decisions," Jarvis tells OneNewsNow. "There are other organizations that are fighting this in the courts, and there are organizations that are defending them, helping them to do that – and we wish Bethany had hung in there and tried to fight this out."

Bethany Christian Services says while they themselves are "disappointed" with how the settlement has been implemented, they will nonetheless reverse their policy so they continue foster care and adoption work for the state.

According to The Associated Press, Bethany Christian Services was, as of February, responsible for 1,159 – or more than 8 percent – of cases of children under state supervision.

"There's no question that our attorney general has turned the intent of this law on its head in order to reach a political agenda," says Jarvis.

In 2018, then-candidate Dana Nessel, who is openly homosexual, told AP that the law protecting faith-based adoption agencies discriminates against LGBT people.

"Bethany Christian wrote a letter supporting the law," Jarvis continues.

That letter was in 2015 to then-Governor Rick Snyder (R-Michigan).

"In that letter, they said no faith-based group should have to choose between helping children and families and remaining faithful to their religious principles," says Jarvis.

St. Vincent Catholic Charities sued last week to challenge the settlement between ACLU and the attorney general. "They are pointing to that law as a defense that they should not have to surrender their religious principles if they want to still help children," Jarvis notes.

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