Dumont v. Lyon
Case Concerning Adoption Agencies' Ability to Deny Service to LGBTQ PeopleKey Date: September 14, 2018
Status: Pending before District Court
Legal Team: ACLU
Type: Other LGBT Litigation
Dumont v. Lyon is a case challenging a Michigan law that allows state-funded adoption agencies to cite religion as a reason for turning away foster parents or adoptive parents based on their sexual orientation.
Under a law passed in 2015, the ACLU writes, “the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services permits child placement agencies to turn away prospective foster and adoptive families headed by same-sex couples based on their religious objections. Many agencies doing child placement work in Michigan are faith-based agencies, some of which have religious objections to placing children with same-sex couples.”
The case is being led by the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan.
Latest in the Case
A July 12, 2018 hearing was held on opponents’ Motion to Dismiss, and plaintiffs’ opposition. A ruling is expected in the case soon.
- September 21, 2017: The ACLU files a complaint challenging the 2015 anti-LGBTQ law granting child welfare agencies a license to discriminate.
- July 12, 2018: A federal judge holds a hearing in the case.
- September 14, 2018: A U.S. District Court Judge in Michigan denies a motion to dismiss a case brought by two married, lesbian couples who sought to adopt children in foster care and were turned down by state-contracted and taxpayer-supported foster and adoption placing agencies based on religious opposition to same-sex couples.
Last Updated October 17, 2018ACLU Case Page