- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 7, 2019

President Trump pledged Thursday to protect faith-based adoption, citing the case of a Michigan couple at the center of a lawsuit seeking to stop the state from working with a Catholic charity.

During the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, the president called attention to the case of Melissa and Chuck Buck of Holt, Michigan, who have adopted five children with special needs since 2009.

“Unfortunately, the Michigan adoption charity that brought the Buck family together is now defending itself in court for living by the values of its Catholic faith,” the president said. “We will always protect our country’s long and proud tradition of faith-based adoption.”

The ACLU sued the state of Michigan in 2017 to prevent the state from working with faith-based adoption agencies such as St. Vincent Catholic Charities, the agency that helped the Bucks with their adoptions. The lawsuit argues that the state should stop partnering with faith-based adoption agencies such as St. Vincent because of their religious beliefs about marriage.

“My administration is working to ensure that faith-based adoption agencies are able to help vulnerable children find their forever families while following their deeply held beliefs,” Mr. Trump said.

The administration last month moved to grant a religious exemption to South Carolina adoption agencies from an Obama-era regulation that required recipients of federal aid to abandon “discriminatory” standards in placements.

South Carolina sought the exemption to shield the Miracle Hills Ministries, which places children exclusively in Christian households.

• Dave Boyer can be reached at dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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