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LANSING, Mich. — The attorney general of Michigan, who identifies a lesbian, has reached a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that will prohibit State-contracted foster care and adoption agencies from discriminating against prospective parents, which includes homosexual households.
“Discrimination in the provision of foster care case management and adoption services is illegal, no matter the rationale,” Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement. “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.”
A summary of the settlement outlines that Michigan will enforce its current contract language prohibiting discrimination, which it says is consistent with both federal and state law.
Examples of discrimination outlined in the document include “turning away or referring to another contracted agency an otherwise potentially qualified LGBTQ individual or same-sex couple that may be a suitable foster or adoptive family for any child accepted by the agency for contracted services,” and “refusing to place a child accepted by the agency for contracted services with an otherwise qualified LGBTQ individual or same-sex couple suitable as a foster or adoptive family for the child.”
Organizations that commit these delineated violations may have their contract with the State terminated.
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