Sunday, October 11, 2020

Hypothetical Religious Objections On LGBTQ Issues Cannot Disqualify Foster Parents

In Blais v. Hunter, (ED WA, Oct. 8, 2020), a Washington federal district court held that the Washington Department of Children, Youth and Families cannot use its policy to protect LGBTQ+ foster children as the sole determining factor in rejecting a foster family that expresses sincere religious beliefs that would preclude them from supporting gender transition in hypothetical future situation.  Plaintiffs in the case were a Seventh Day Adventist family that wanted to care for their great-granddaughter who might be removed from her home. The court concluded that the Department’s policies “operate as a religious gerrymander and are thus not neutral as applied to the Blaises and others similarly situated.” [Thanks to Eugene Volokh via Religionlaw for the lead.]