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New AG wants to settle lawsuit over same-sex adoption

January 24, 2019

DETROIT (AP) — Under new leadership, the Michigan attorney general’s office is in talks to settle a lawsuit by same-sex couples who say their rights have been violated by faith-based adoption agencies that don’t want to work with gays and lesbians.

A federal judge granted a 30-day timeout Thursday for negotiations between the American Civil Liberties Union and Attorney General Dana Nessel.

During the fall campaign, Nessel told The Associated Press there’s “no viable defense” to a 2015 law signed by then-Gov. Rick Snyder. The law says faith-based groups can refuse to provide certain services if they conflict with their beliefs and still get tax dollars.

Nessel, who is a lesbian, said the only purpose is discrimination.

Groups such as Catholic Charities and Bethany Christian Services are paid by the state to place children from troubled families with new families.

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