A same-sex couple in Greenville have filed a lawsuit against South Carolina and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services because they were not accepted to participate in a foster care program run by Miracle Hill Ministries in Upstate SC. The couple says their application was denied last month by Miracle Hill Ministries for failing to meet the agency’s religious criteria.
Eden Rogers and Brandy Welch said they chose Miracle Hill because they are the largest fostering agency in the Upstate. LGBT advocates, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of the couple, argue since the agency receives taxpayer dollars, they should not be able to discriminate based on religion or sexual orientation.
“Governor McMaster’s position has nothing to do with keeping anyone from fostering children and has everything to do with protecting Miracle Hill’s ability to exercise its own religious freedom,” a statement released from the Governor’s office said.
Sandy Furnell, Director of Communications and Public Relations for Miracle Hill Ministries joined Joey Hudson on The Morning Answer to discuss how they attempted to work with the couple, by providing a list of other foster care programs, and explained why it’s important to their organization to remain true to their religious beliefs.