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AG Nessel Working On Potential Settlement In Same Sex Adoption Case

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Attorney General Dana Nessel is working to settle a lawsuit against a state policy adopted by former Governor Rick Snyder. Capital Correspondent Cheyna Roth reports.

Attorney General Nessel represents two state departments in the lawsuit. The A-C-L-U sued the state and says an adoption agency policy is unconstitutional. The policy lets faith-based child placement agencies under contract with the state withhold services for religious reasons.

Kelly Rossman-McKinney is a spokesperson for Nessel. She says the state departments want to work this out.

“We intend to engage in a concerted effort to settle the matter.”

Under former Attorney General Bill Schuette, the state had argued that the law was constitutional because adoption organizations are not state agencies.

They also said the money from the state is not used specifically for faith-based purposes.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County.
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