Court Slams Policy Banning Gay Foster Parents: Indistinguishable From a Sign Reading “Whites Only”

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Strong words from Nebraska’s Supreme Court affirming a Judge’s 2015 ruling striking down discriminatory policy against prospective Gay foster parents.

Of course, Nebraska’s Republican Attorney General’s Office was appealing the initial 2015 ruling.

Republicans couldn’t explain why they were appealing it, if they weren’t seeking to reinstate the policy. Let me answer that for them, they wanted to reinstate it. They are always seeking to infringe on the rights of Americans.

The Judge also upheld that the state has to pay plaintiffs’ legal fees. The Nebraska Attorney General’s Office defending discriminatory policy cost Nebraska taxpayers $174,000. The policy that was akin to a discriminatory “White’s Only” sign.

Great victory for equal rights!

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court says a former state policy banning same-sex couples from serving as foster parents or adopting wards of the state was akin to hanging a “Whites Only” sign on a hiring-office door.

The court on Friday ruled that a judge’s 2015 ruling striking down the policy will stand.

The state’s high court rejected state attorneys’ arguments that Lancaster County District Judge John Colburn’s finding should be reversed because DHHS had quietly stopped enforcing the ban in 2012, making the matter moot.

Its ruling slammed the 1995 administrative policy, which remained on the agency’s website until February 2015, as evidence “that ‘heterosexuals only’ need apply to be foster parents.”

“It is legally indistinguishable from a sign reading ‘Whites Only’ on the hiring-office door,” Justice John Wright wrote.

 

Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos