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Alleged Anti-LGBT Bias in Foster Care Lands HHS in Court (1)

May 30, 2019, 7:35 PMUpdated: May 30, 2019, 8:46 PM

The American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal are suing the Trump administration and South Carolina for allegedly allowing state-contracted, federally funded foster care agencies to discriminate against prospective foster parents based on their sexual orientation.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, was brought on behalf of Eden Rogers and Brandy Welch, a married lesbian couple who allege they were turned away by Miracle Hill Ministries because they failed to meet the agency’s religious requirements.

The state’s Social Services Department determined in 2018 that Miracle Hill—the largest state-contracted, government-funded foster care ...