ACLU suing South Carolina over adoption discrimination

South Carolina News

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) The ACLU is suing the state of South Carolina and the Trump Administration that challenges policies they say discriminates against LGBT people and faith communities.

During a press conference on Thursday, the group had a couple, Eden and Brandy stand up in Columbia and tell their story of being denied after turning in a foster care application.

The married couple said they were turned away based on religion and sexual orientation.

A representative from the ACLU spoke out on why they are pursuing the lawsuit.

By allowing discrimination in the state child welfare system, caring qualified families like Eden and Brandy are turned away. Prospective foster and adoptive parents should be judged only on their capacity to provide love and support to a child, said Susan Dunn, ACLU Legal Director

Governor Henry McMaster requested the exemption for Miracle Hill last year.

His spokesman says the governor was not trying to prevent anyone from fostering children — but had everything to do with protecting Miracle Hill’s ability to exercise its own religious freedom.

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