Kristy and Dana Dumont were together 11 years and married since 2011 when they decided to start a family and provide a home to a child in Michigan’s foster care system. As a State employee, Dana had received emails from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) regarding children in foster care in need of adoptive families and they decided they wanted to provide a loving family for a child in need of adoption. But when the couple went to state-contracted child placement agencies in their county, they were turned away by two agencies because they are a same-sex couple. The ACLU is filed suit on their behalf against Michigan for allowing child welfare agencies to turn away same-sex couples based on the agencies’ religious beliefs. In early 2019, the state’s newly elected Attorney General Dana Nessel chose to settle the suit, allowing couples like Kristy and Dana to bring children into their loving home.
“Calling agencies and being told that it’s their policy not to place kids with same-sex families was pretty hard to hear,” the couple said. “They didn’t even know us. They made the decision solely based on who we’re married to. It made me angry, hurt, mad, hopeless.”