Trump Finalizes 11th-hour Rule Change Allowing Religious and Sex-Based Discrimination
Among the many ways Donald Trump is seeking to leave a lasting imprint on the government in the final days of a beleaguered presidency, the administration this week erased Obama-era rules that prohibited publicly funded, faith-based social service providers from discriminating on the basis of factors such as sexual orientation or religion.
House Democratic Report Rips Waiver Allowing LGBTQ Discrimination
Two significant developments occurred this week that have the potential to shape the limits of how far faith-based, publicly funded child welfare agencies can go in selectively choosing what foster or adoptive parents they are willing to work with.
Religious Discrimination Case Moves Forward in South Carolina
A Catholic mother’s lawsuit alleging bedrock religious discrimination by South Carolina’s largest child-placement agency with the blessing of state and federal officials may proceed, a federal judge ruled this week, rejecting calls to throw out her case.
Supreme Court Sets Up Referendum on Faith-Based Discrimination in Foster Care, Adoption
The Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether faith-based child welfare providers have a constitutional right to discriminate against certain foster and adoptive parents, even if it’s done with taxpayer dollars.
Trump Rescinds Obama-Era Rules Barring Discrimination in Foster Care, Adoption
In a move expected for months, the Trump administration has announced it will no longer enforce an Obama-era rule insisting that federally funded child welfare providers refrain from discrimination against adults and children based on religious values.
Interfaith Coalition Formed to Oppose Discrimination by Religious Child Welfare Providers
The nonprofit litigation firm Children’s Rights has announced the creation of an Interfaith Coalition for Children’s Rights, which will be focused on fighting federal and state governmental efforts to permit discrimination on the part of faith-based child welfare providers.
Hearings: A Faithful Supporter in Alameda County Court
As a community pastor ministering to foster and probation youth in Northern California, I know how important it is for teachers, family friends, clergy, mentors and others to support these youth at dependency and delinquency juvenile court hearings.
Hard to Argue a Need for Faith-Based Protection Bill in Arkansas
A central argument used by proponents of faith-based child welfare protection bills, which allow religious providers to selectively serve some foster and adoptive parents and not others, is its impact on supply.
Trump Administration Grants Waiver Permitting Discrimination by Child Welfare Providers
The Trump administration has granted South Carolina an exception to rules barring federal funds to discriminatory providers, a decision that opens the door to more challenges by states that wish to shield religious groups from penalties.