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It’s the Kids Who Lose If Adoption Agencies Are Forced to Violate Their Beliefs

By Sarah Kramer posted on:
January 29, 2018

Children deserve the best. We should all be able to agree on that.

But the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is pushing an agenda that will ultimately harm the children in Michigan’s foster care program. The ACLU is representing two same-sex couples in a lawsuit challenging a state law that protects the rights of faith-based foster care and adoption agencies to operate according to their beliefs.

Essentially, the ACLU is claiming that these religious organizations are actually harming children by looking to place them in loving homes with a mother and a father. Go figure. 

Don’t be fooled, though – this isn’t about the kids for the ACLU.

This lawsuit is about pushing a political agenda. It’s about forcing faith-based organizations to denounce their beliefs about marriage. All at the expense of the children in foster care.

That’s why Alliance Defending Freedom is taking steps to support the rights of these organizations. Today, on behalf of Michigan legislators, ADF filed an amicus brief supporting the Michigan law. After all, the state law is constitutional. The law not only protects the freedoms of these organizations but also protects the children who are in the foster care system.

Michigan’s faith-based adoption agencies strive to put foster and adoptive children in the best possible situation. According to their beliefs (as well as studies and first-hand accounts), that means placing them in a loving, stable household with a mom and a dad. There is nothing harmful or sinister about that.

As for same-sex couples looking to adopt, there are no laws preventing them from doing so. And there are other adoption and foster care agencies that would be willing to match them with a child.

Michigan contracts with a number of adoption and foster care agencies – religious and non-religious alike – to care for some of the most vulnerable in their society. When Michigan partners with organizations such as St. Vincent Catholic Charities, it is not an endorsement of their religious views. St. Vincent, as one example, has proven to be an effective advocate for the children in their care, and one of the most successful in their area at recruiting families to take in foster children.

The fact is that religion benefits society. And forcing these faith-based adoption agencies to denounce the very faith that motivates their community service would be a mistake. Rather than violate their beliefs, many religious organizations would be forced to shut their doors – just as the Catholic Charities of Boston did in 2006.

Either way the children lose. Just as they would lose in Michigan if this ACLU lawsuit is successful.

The bottom line is that children in the foster care system should not be punished simply because the ACLU is dead set on pushing a political ideology.

They deserve better than that.


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Sarah Kramer

Sarah Kramer

Digital Content Specialist

Sarah worked as an investigative reporter before joining the Alliance Defending Freedom team.

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