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Dumont v. Lyon

Case Concerning Adoption Agencies' Ability to Deny Service to LGBTQ People

Key Date: September 14, 2018
Status: Pending before District Court
Legal Team: ACLU
Type: Other LGBT Litigation

Case Overview:

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.

Case History:

  • 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, 2018

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