Commonwealth Policy Center

Gov. Beshear and his Administration have finally agreed to sign a new contract with Sunrise Children’s Services. The state tried to force Sunrise to violate its religious beliefs, but after 22 months and with help from the recent Supreme Court ruling in Fulton v. Philadelphia, Beshear had little choice but to renew the contract. Todd Gray, the Executive Director of the KY Baptist Convention noted that this decision should concern us about the Beshear administration’s stance on religious liberty. It should not have taken a Supreme Court decision to allow Sunrise to continue to place children in caring homes. Attorney General Daniel Cameron also said, “The U.S. and Kentucky Constitutions are abundantly clear that government cannot discriminate against a religious organization because of its beliefs.”