A Christian children’s home in Tennessee has filed a lawsuit against the federal government over a rule requiring the agency to place children in the homes of same-sex married or cohabitating couples.
Holston United Methodist Home for Children is suing the Biden administration after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reversed religious-freedom exemptions granted during the Trump administration. The waivers put in place then allowed for some non-discrimination requirements to be dropped based on religious objections.
In Holston United Methodist Home for Children vs. Becerra filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee Thursday, the children’s home is challenging the regulation by the department, which prohibits discrimination in programs funded by HHS grants and recipients of those funds based on religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and same-sex marriage status.
“Holston Home,” as it’s called, is a nationally accredited Christian nonprofit in Greenville, Tennessee, operating throughout east Tennessee and southwest Virginia. The facility cares for abused and neglected children through its residential and foster care services. Its mission is for “children to be raised by healthier families that prepare them to live the fulfilling adult lives that God intended for them.”
Attorneys representing the school say the rule violates the organization’s freedom to exercise religion under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
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SOURCE: Newsweek, Carly Mayberry