Christian adoption agencies, which place vulnerable children in loving homes, have become a new foe for homosexual activists and now they're going to court in Michigan to shut them down.
The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit Sept. 20 over Michigan's cooperation with faith-based adoption agencies that refuse, for obvious religious objections, to put children in same-sex households.
A state law, passed in 2015, protects the faith-based with a religious exemption.
Dan Jarvis of the Michigan Family Forum says it's no surprise that the ACLU found homosexual plaintiffs to attack religious organizations.
"I think their goal is to shut down religious organizations, honestly, that do adoptions. I think that's clear," he says.
Writing about the Michigan lawsuit, attorney and Notre Dame Professor Margot Cleveland points out that the ACLU claims it's suing on behalf of 13,000 Michigan children who need permanent home, yet the lawsuit – if successful – will shut down many faith-based agencies.
To date, the ACLU and other left-wing groups forced faith-based adoption organizations to close in Massachusetts and Illinois, where the agencies decided to shut the doors rather than cave to a "progressive" stance on same-sex discrimination.
"It’s not about the children. It’s never about the children," Cleveland writes at National Review. "And if the ACLU prevails in its litigation, fewer children will find loving families, because the most experienced and qualified agencies will be forced out of child-placement services."
The Detroit Free Press reports the ACLU is challenging the religious exemption by representing two same-sex couples, a foster parent, and a former foster child.
The Free Press story reports that six other states allow faith-based adopt agencies to turn away same-sex couples. So the lawsuit could affect those laws in Alabama, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia.
"We have a lot of love to give," one of the lesbian plaintiffs, who said she was turned away, told the newspaper. "Obviously we were devastated."
Echoing the warning from Cleveland, Jarvis tells OneNewsNow the ACLU is choosing the rights of homosexuals over what's best for children.
"These organizations are helping young people," he says. "They're finding loving, safe homes for these children and the state needs their help in locating these homes."
If the lawsuit is successful, however, that help will likely close its doors.