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State, Religious Foster Agency Still At Odds Over Contract Language

Josh James

Negotiations continue between the state and a religious foster care agency that objected to LGBT anti-discrimination language in their original contract. 

Following a U.S. Supreme Court decision Republicans argued should clear the way for a contract between the state and Baptist-affiliated Sunrise Children’s Services, talks remain ongoing.

Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear said the state has removed language the agency worried would force them to endorse same-sex adoptions and foster parenting—policies they say run afoul of their religious convictions. But Sunrise and the state still have yet to see eye-to-eye.

"I think Sunrise is still asking for new things to be written in, so again, if the contract protected the rights that Sunrise believes needed to be protected with that language omitted, it's now ommited," the governor said. "If this is really about the kids, it's time to sign the contract and move on."

Sunrise attorney John Sheller was quoted in the Herald-Leader arguing the state, too, is seeking changes. He said the language sought by the foster agency is necessary to fully comply with the high court ruling.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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