Catholic Ministry to get $250,000 in Legal Fees after Winning LGBT Case

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A Catholic ministry, Catholic Charities West Michigan (CCWM), United States, is set to get $250,000 in attorney fees from Michigan State following a breach in its religious belief. The state had attempted to compel the ministry to keep children in LGBT homes against their wish. This made the organization to sue the state in 2019.

A recent court order by the Supreme Court has caused the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to agree to pay the required sum.

The argument started in 2019 when the attorney general of Michigan, Dana Nessel, made an announcement that all foster care and adoption agencies that contract with the state must work with LGBT couples.

This order did not go well with CCWM, who saw the order as an impingement on the state law, the Michigan Constitution, and the United States Constitution. Hence, it sued the state.

In the lawsuit, the CCWM quoted the Catholic teaching which states that “marriage is the sacramental union of one man and one woman.” The organization was founded in 1947.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the legal representative of the Catholic Charity praised the court order. MDHHS also agreed that it would not end the contract with the faith-based organization because of its religious beliefs.

The senior counsel of ADF, Jeremiah Galus, said, “More adoption and foster care providers mean more children have the chance to be adopted or cared for by a foster family

 “Catholic Charities West Michigan meets a critical need as one of the region’s largest social service providers, reuniting children with their birth parents and placing foster kids in loving homes.

“We are pleased Catholic Charities can continue its vital mission serving vulnerable families in Michigan without being punished by the government simply because it’s operating according to its religious beliefs—the very reason the ministry exists in the first place.” 

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