MI AG Nessel’s Motion in Same Sex Adoption Case Denied
US District Judge Robert Jonker has turned down MI Attorney General Dana Nessel’s request for a stay of judgement regarding a case brought by a Christian adoption agency that would not assign children to LGBTQ couples. St. Vincent Catholic Charities and Bethany Christian Services are among the organizations that were affected by the onerous rules put in place earlier this year by Nessel.
The appeal is in response to a September court decision in which Judge Jonker ruled that Nessel’s Office acted with specific intent to discriminate against Christian adoption agencies. He stated that the case revolves around “whether St. Vincent may continue to do this work and still profess and promote the traditional Catholic belief that marriage as ordained by God is for one man and one woman.” He also established that Nessel had a history of animosity towards Christian adoption agencies prior to her taking office: “During her campaign for Attorney General, Defendant Nessel asserted that there was “no viable defense” for the statutes enacted under 2015 PA53 and that the 2015 statutes’ “only purpose is discriminatory animus.”
According to the Detroit News, “In his order Tuesday denying the request, Jonker said that Nessel’s office, “has failed to come to grips with the factual basis on the preliminary injunction record that supports the inference of religious targeting in this case.”
Stay tuned to CTV for updates as this case moves through the judicial process.
You can read background on the case here
You can read Judge Jonker’s original opinion here.