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A win for religious adoption workers and families

Religious Liberty | Court halts Michigan rules targeting a faith-based child-placing agency
by Steve West
Posted 10/01/19, 05:32 pm

Faith-based foster and adoption agencies received a boost late last week when a federal court in Michigan said they could continue to place children exclusively in families that have Biblical beliefs about marriage. U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker ruled a state regulation requiring faith-based agencies to place children with unmarried or same-sex couples targeted the agencies’ religious beliefs. He temporarily blocked the rule while arguments in the case proceed to trial.

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Michigan’s religious adoption agencies win reprieve

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 9/27/19, 11:30 am

A federal judge ruled Thursday that religious adoption agencies in Michigan may continue, for now, to place children exclusively in homes that reflect the agencies’ Biblical beliefs about marriage. U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker in Grand Rapids granted a preliminary injunction against a requirement by the state attorney general that foster and adoption agencies place children with LGBT couples. In issuing the order, which is in effect while a lawsuit is underway, Jonker said the rule conflicted with state law, existing contracts, and established practice.

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Pressure points

Politics | Democrats take on a heavy burden with impeachment—one that could crush them if it fails
by Harvest Prude
Posted 9/26/19, 04:57 pm

Two months after the now-infamous July phone call between the U.S. and Ukrainian presidents, the two of them met in person Wednesday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

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