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LGBTQ families file foster parent lawsuit

Suit: US enabling LGBTQ discrimination in foster program
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NASHVILLE, Tenn — A new lawsuit filed says the federal government is funding organizations that illegally discriminate against potential LGBTQ foster parents who are wanting to care for refugee children. 

According to the complaint filed Wednesday, Kelly Easter has been turned away twice from fostering a migrant child in the federal foster care program while living in Nashville. 

The lawsuit alleges that Michigan-based Bethany Christian Services refused to permit Easter to be a foster parent late last year because she is a lesbian. 

Bethany Christian Services is the only organization near Easter that is participating in the program. The organization also gets money from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which receives federal funds to provide foster care services.