Adoption agencies that reject gays lose funding

Michigan will no longer fund adoption agencies that turn away parents who are LGBT because of religious objections, a move that was part of the terms of a legal settlement announced Friday.

Michigan’s settlement was between the state’s attorney general, Dana Nessel, and the American Civil Liberties Union, which sued in 2017 on behalf of two lesbian couples. In the lawsuit, one of the couples — Kristy and Dana Dumont of Dimondale — alleged that they were turned away from Catholic Charities and Bethany Christian Services because they are gay. Those two agencies, according to the Associated Press, were on average doing 25 to 30 percent of the state’s foster-care adoptions as of 2015.

President Trump highlighted faith-based adoption agencies during his keynote address at the National Prayer Breakfast in February. He drew attention to a family that had adopted five children through Catholic Charities, noting that the agency was defending itself in court.

Several states have raised the question of whether adoption and foster-care agencies run by religious groups, but funded by the government, should be allowed to discriminate against parents or choose parents based on their religion or sexuality.

— Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Ex-officer cleared
in black teen's death

A jury on Friday acquitted a white former police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in the back as he was fleeing a high-stakes traffic stop outside Pittsburgh, a confrontation that was captured on video and led to weeks of unrest.

Former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld was charged with homicide for shooting Antwon Rose II during a traffic stop in June. Rose was riding in an unlicensed taxi that had been involved in a drive-by shooting when Rosfeld pulled the car over and shot the 17-year-old in the back, arm and side of the face as he ran away.

A panel of seven men and five women — including three black jurors — saw video of the fatal confrontation, which showed Rose falling to the ground after being hit. The acquittal came after fewer than four hours of deliberations on the fourth day of the trial.

— Associated Press

Carter now longest-living U.S. president

Nearly four decades after voters unceremoniously rejected then-President Jimmy Carter’s bid for a second term, the 39th president has reached a milestone that electoral math cannot dispute: He is the longest-living chief executive in American history.

Friday was the 172nd day beyond Carter’s 94th birthday, exceeding by one day the life span of former president George H.W. Bush, who died Nov. 30 at the age of 94 years and 171 days. Both men were born in 1924.

The achievement defies medical odds, coming more than three years after Carter announced he had melanoma that had spread to his liver and brain. He underwent treatment and received a clean bill of health.

— Associated Press