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Christian adoption agency lifts barrier to gay couples

Tue 23 Apr 2019
By Alex Williams

Same-sex couples can use a Christian adoption service after bosses were told they could not discriminate against prospective parents on religious grounds.

Bethany Christian Services in Michigan, USA said its policies will meet a legal requirement that agencies handling state contracts do not turn away homosexual couples.

Civil rights campaigners had claimed the Grand Rapids-based organisation was unfairly discriminating against same-sex couples wanting to adopt.

 

They took state officials to court over their decision to award contracts to Bethany Christian Services - and another agency, St Vincent Catholic Charities.

Settling the lawsuit, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said all agencies working with the state must adhere to a 2015 law which prohibits discrimination against gay prospective parents.

 

Bethany Christian Services said: "We are disappointed with how this settlement agreement has been implemented by the state government.

"Nonetheless, Bethany will continue operations in Michigan, in compliance with our legal contract requirements."

 

Bob Wheaton, a Michigan Department of Health spokesman, said "the department is pleased that the department will be able to continue its long-standing partnership with Bethany in providing services to children and families."

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