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By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews, Sept. 27, 2019

The state of Michigan has lost its attempt to close a Catholic adoption agency that wants to operate according to its religious beliefs.

Catholic Charities West Michigan asked a court to stop officials from illegally targeting it and forcing it to close because of its religious beliefs. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services tried to enforce a new policy that targets the ministry’s policy prioritizing the placement of children in homes with a mother and father.

The group filed a lawsuit against the state asking the court to protect Catholic Charities from being singled out, punished, or disfavored because of its religious beliefs—beliefs that motivate its care for children, birth parents, and other vulnerable members of the community. The lawsuit further argues that the new rule violates a 2015 state law specifically enacted to ensure that providers like Catholic Charities could maintain contracts with the state while maintaining their religious beliefs.

Today, a federal judge just ruled against Michigan’s attorney general who attempted to shut down faith based foster and adoption agencies unless they would abandon their beliefs about marriage and family.