Can states require that religious organizations providing foster care services through government contracts must refrain from discriminating?
Two different vaccine refusal disputes led to two different outcomes. Michigan’s Memorial Healthcare agreed to allow employees with religious objections to receiving the flu vaccine to wear a mask during flu season, while Kentucky Court of Appeals affirmed a trial court’s ruling in favor of the Northern Kentucky Health Department’s exclusion of an unvaccinated high school student from school and extracurricular events during a chicken pox.
A recent 6th Circuit opinion found that a Wiccan inmate’s religious exercise was in fact substantially burdened, regardless of how many other Wiccans might agree, and sent the case back to the District Court for further analysis.
Michigan’s newly elected Attorney General has determined that taxpayer-funded adoption agencies may not discriminate, “no matter the rationale,” ending a lawsuit brought by the ACLU.
Federal Court Allows Lawsuit to Proceed Alleging Religious Discrimination by Michigan’s Child Placement Agencies
A federal judge declined to dismiss a lawsuit challenging on Establishment Clause grounds a practice that allows state-funded child placement agencies in Michigan to refuse to serve same-sex couples.