Case of eastern Oregon mom denied foster kids due to LGBTQ+ policy goes before federal judge

Jessica Bates, a single mother of five biological children, refused to agree that she’d support foster kids with LGBTQ+ identities, part of Oregon’s requirements.

PORTLAND, Ore. — An eastern Oregon mother who sued the state after being denied foster children due to her views on LGBTQ+ identities had her case appear before a federal judge in Portland on Wednesday.

While the judge did not deliver a decision in the case this week, the outcome could reshape Oregon’s requirements for foster parents going forward.

Jessica Bates is a single mother with five biological kids. Her husband passed away several years ago. She said that she

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