LGBT adoption

ACLU Sues Michigan Faith-Based Agencies for Turning Away Gay Couples

The United States has a growing need for families to foster and adopt children. In Michigan alone, there are an astounding 13,000 children in the foster care system. Many of these children will never get the opportunity to live with a family. Sadly, there just aren’t enough people willing or able to foster or adopt.

Michigan’s Child Welfare Services Are Handles by Private Agencies

Many states, including Michigan, use private agencies to handle child welfare services. These agencies are responsible for the care and placement of children in the foster care system. They are paid with taxpayer dollars.

With such a great need for foster homes and adoptive families, it’s extremely important that the state does all that it can to ensure that children have the best chance at finding a home. However, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is allowing private agencies to turn away same-sex couples based on the agency’s religious objections. This is true for all agencies in Michigan handling child welfare services, many of which are religious based.

Denying Foster Care or Adoption Based on Sexual Orientation is Unconstitutional

Allowing these agencies to base their decision on religious beliefs is unconstitutional. It violates both the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause as well as the Equal Protection Clause. It’s also extremely damaging to the large number of children in the foster care system.

Currently, Michigan laws allow private agencies to base their decisions on a variety of religious criteria including sexual orientation, faith and marital status. This is unconstitutional and unacceptable.

Children should be placed in foster and adoptive homes based on a person’s ability to care for them. Sexual orientation and religious affiliation has absolutely nothing to do with that ability. This is why the ACLU is suing in federal district court.

Michigan LGBT Adoption Lawyers

Nessel and Kessel Law understands that sexual orientation does not determine a person’s ability to properly care for a child. We provide legal support for same sex couples and gay and lesbian singles that have been turned away by faith-based adoption agencies. Please contact us to learn how we can help.

Detroit Gay Adoption Lawyer to Speak at Marriage and Family Expo

The Detroit gay adoption attorneys at Nessel and Kessel Law are proud to announce that Dana Nessel will be at the Marriage and Family Expo at the Livonia Marriott as a featured speaker!

Taking place this Sunday, April 7th, 2013, at 2 p.m., Dana will discuss LGBT adoption and same-sex marriage in the state of Michigan. In addition to Nessel, Chris Kessel will also be in attendance during the expo to answer any questions guests may have regarding our pending lawsuit set to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage and adoption in Michigan, as well as how the U.S. Supreme Court cases can impact the law in the Mitten state.

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