Oregon Mother Sues State for Religious Discrimination Following Adoption Denial

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Oregon mother, Jessica Bates, is suing the state because she believes she was denied the opportunity to adopt a pair of siblings because of her stance on gender identity based on her Christian faith. Several months in the process, she was urged to take ‘sexual orientation and gender identity training’ but she declined because of her faith. As a result, she was told she’s  ineligible to adopt in the state of Oregon. Christina Kiefer, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, said, “Barring Jessica and other parents from adopting just because of their religious convictions clearly violates the First Amendment. It’s wrong, and it hurts children who need a forever home…”