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Michigan Catholic agency refusing to place children with same-sex couples sues state

Lawsuit filed to stop Michigan from penalizing group

Catholic Charities West Michigan in Grand Rapids filed the lawsuit Thursday. (iStock/junial)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A Roman Catholic social services agency that declines to place children with same-sex couples has filed a lawsuit to stop Michigan from penalizing the group if it sticks to its policy on foster care and adoption.

Catholic Charities West Michigan in Grand Rapids filed the lawsuit Thursday. The group says Michigan law allows it to practice its religion by turning down same-sex couples.

But the group says services will be threatened by a recent change at the Department of Health and Human Services.