Anti-Christian Adoption Laws Are Unconstitutional
Oregon is refusing to let Jessica adopt just because of her faith.
From The Federalist. Christians have a long history of caring for children in need. The Christian apologist St. Basil the Great opened what is regarded as one of the first orphanages in the fourth century. …
Now, Christians are being shut out of child welfare programs altogether — simply because of their beliefs about the body and our human identities.
That’s what happened to Jessica Bates, and that’s why my firm, Alliance Defending Freedom, is standing with her to challenge an unconstitutional Oregon policy in court. …
When Jessica applied to Oregon’s Department of Human Services, the state put her through an ideological litmus test — one that ferrets out people of faith who disagree with the state’s views on the metaphysical differences between men and women.
Violating Christians’ Rights
Specifically, state regulations require prospective caregivers to demonstrate that they will “accept” and “support” a child’s sexual orientation and so-called gender identity and expression. This means caregivers must agree to use preferred pronouns, take their children to events such as LGBT pride parades, and even take young children to receive hormone shots as part of what the left calls “gender transition.” …
Policy Hurts Children
Jessica … asked if she could be considered for children who did not struggle with gender dysphoria, but still the state said no.
Moreover, the state excludes people of faith not just from adoption but from all of its child welfare programs. … Oregon seeks to enforce its ideology on everyone, no matter how speculative its concerns are.
Not only is Oregon’s policy illegal, but it’s also unjust and hurtful. Nearly 8,000 children touched Oregon’s foster-care system last year, and for hundreds of these children, reunification was not an option. The state needs caregivers like Jessica. …
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(Excerpt from The Federalist. Photo Credit: Canva)
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