Oregon’s LGBTQ+ adoption policy divides appeals court

Oregon’s LGBTQ+ adoption policy divides appeals court

A constitutional challenge to Oregon’s adoption policy, which requires prospective parents to accept a child’s sexual and gender identity even if it conflicts with the parents’ religious beliefs, appeared to divide the Ninth Circuit judges at a hearing Tuesday.

The lawsuit against the Oregon Department of Health and Human Services was filed by Jessica Bates, who wanted to adopt a pair of siblings and said she would accept and love any child placed in her care. She was, however, unwilling to speak or act in a way that would violate her religious beliefs about human sexuality, such as using a child’s preferred pronouns that…