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07/15/2023 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – A Christian mother is suing the state of Oregon after she was barred from adopting a pair of siblings due to her religious beliefs.

Jessica Bates, a widowed mother of five, was several stages into the adoption process when she discovered a state policy that required adoption applicants to “respect, accept and support the … sexual orientation, gender identity [and] gender expression … of a child or young adult.”

When Bates informed the agency she could not support actions such as taking a child for cross-sex hormone injections due to her Christian beliefs, her adoption application was denied. Bates filed a federal lawsuit in April against Oregon’s Department of Human Service, claiming that the state’s actions infringed upon her First Amendment rights to freedom of speech, assembly, and religion.

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