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To achieve a fully comprehensive law protecting Americans from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, our movement must work on multiple tracks, creating undeniable momentum that the country requires and is ready for fully inclusive non-discrimination protections ensuring no one faces unfair treatment because of who they are or who they love.

In addition to legislative work happening in statehouses and public education work happening elsewhere, part of this work is happening in the courts – and dozens of legal cases related to LGBTQ discrimination are currently pending in courts across the country. Freedom for All Americans is tracking key litigation related to LGBTQ Americans here. Use the “Explore” filter to track cases based on the state where they’re based, what they concern, whether they’re pending or resolved, or whether they’re filed in federal or state court.


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Topic: Religious Exemption Cases: Child Welfare Issues

Dumont v. Lyon

Case Concerning Discrimination in Adoption and Foster Care

Key Date: March 22, 2019 • Settlement Reached
Legal Team: ACLU
Type: Religious Exemption Cases: Child Welfare Issues

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. 

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Sharonell Fulton et al. v. City of Philadelphia

Case Concerning Discrimination in Adoption and Foster Care

Key Date: February 24, 2020 • Supreme Court Grants Review in Case
Legal Team: Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
Type: Religious Exemption Cases: Child Welfare Issues

In Fall 2020 the U.S. Supreme Court will hear this case about whether child welfare agencies with government contracts may refuse to provide services to same-sex couples.

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Marouf v. Azar

Case Concerning Discrimination in Foster Care

Key Date: June 12, 2019 • District Court Denied Motion to Dismiss Case
Type: Religious Exemption Cases: Child Welfare Issues

This case concerns a lesbian couple that was denied the chance to become foster parents for a child after an agency learned of their sexual orientation and stated that their family "did not mirror the Holy Family."

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New Hope Family Services v. Sheila J. Poole

Case Concerning Discrimination in Adoption and Foster Care

Key Date: February 19, 2020 • Hearing Before District Judge
Legal Team: Alliance Defending Freedom
Type: Religious Exemption Cases: Child Welfare Issues

The lawsuit centers on the state of New York's position that adoption and foster care agencies licensed by the state may not discriminate against prospective parents.

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