AG seeks to halt adoption ruling, denies anti-Catholic bias

AG seeks to halt adoption ruling, denies anti-Catholic bias

AG seeks to halt adoption ruling, denies anti-Catholic bias

The newborn daughter of Jennifer Griffith, a Texas woman who gave up her first baby for adoption when she was a teen, is pictured in 2017. Griffith supported a Texas law passed that allows faith-based agencies to adhere to their "sincerely held religious beliefs." (Credit: Photo courtesy of Jennifer Griffith.)

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is asking a federal judge to halt an injunction that lets religious-based adoption and foster care agencies refuse to serve LGBT couples.

LANSING, Michigan — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is asking a federal judge to halt an injunction that lets religious-based adoption and foster care agencies refuse to serve LGBT couples.

The Democrat announced Friday that she filed an emergency motion for a stay Thursday.

She contends U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker in Grand Rapids, who ruled last month, misinterpreted a 2015 law. She says state law allows child-placing agencies to turn away families in private cases based on their sincerely held religious beliefs, but not when they place state-supervised children.

Nessel says the injunction upended a non-discrimination policy that’s been in place several years.

She also says the judge misconstrued and took out of context her past criticism of the Republican-enacted law. Her office says Jonker wrongly accused Nessel of being anti-Catholic.


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