Johnston v. MO Dept. of Social Services
What's at Stake
The Missouri Department of Social Services turned down Lisa Johnston’s application to become a foster parent because she’s a lesbian.
Lisa Johnston, who works in child development, wants to give a foster home to a Missouri child in need. Over 1,900 foster children in Missouri are waiting for good homes. But the Missouri Department of Social Services turned down Johnston’s application to become a foster parent solely because she’s a lesbian. After she lost an administrative appeal, the ACLU is representing Johnston in suing the state to overturn the denial of her application.
Status: Victory! This case was decided favorably by the Jackson County Circuit Court, and the Missouri Attorney General has indicated that the state must drop its appeal.
Johnston v. MO Dept. of Social Services - Motion for Summary Judgment
Date Filed: 07/21/2005
Johnston v. MO Dept. of Social Services - Petition
Date Filed: 05/03/2005
Johnston v. MO Dept. of Social Services - Order for Summary Judgment
Date Filed: 02/17/2006
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