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Anti-Gay NJ Foster Parents Lose Suit Over License Suspension

Nov. 28, 2022, 7:45 PM

New Jersey child protection division employees prevailed in a lawsuit by Christian foster parents, who allegedly lost their foster care license in retaliation for sharing anti-gay beliefs with one of the children.

Michael and Jennifer Lasche didn’t sufficiently allege that the individual defendants—Kyle Higgins, Katie Epperly, Mary Lippencott, and Janelle Clark—were personally involved in the license suspension, the US District Court for the District of New Jersey said Monday in dismissing the suit. Direct and personal involvement in an alleged civil rights violation is a threshold requirement for lawsuits brought against government officials under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the court ...