Monday, December 23, 2019

Catholic Agency Charges County With Retaliation

Suit was filed in a Michigan federal district court last week by St. Vincent Catholic Charities of Ingham County, Michigan challenging the county's refusal to renew a grant for services to refugees,  The complaint (full text) in St. Vincent Catholic Charities v. Ingham County Board of Commissioners, (WD MI, filed 12/16/2019) contends that the county's action was in retaliation for a lawsuit by St Vincent's challenging a state requirement that Catholic adoption and foster care agencies place children with same-sex couples, (See prior posting.)  The current lawsuit claims that the county's action amounts to unconstitutional retaliation, and violates its free speech and free exercise rights. Detroit News reports on the lawsuit.