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Sunrise Children’s Services the Victor in Decades-Long Court Battle

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” – Romans 8:37

For over two decades now, for twenty-five years, Sunrise Children’s Services has been intertwined in a lengthy court battle. The origin of the extensive legal dispute dates all the way back to 1999 when a former employee had a dispute with Sunrise Children’s Services, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled in favor of Sunrise in that dispute.

Following the dispute, the former employee, Alicia Pedreira, with the help of the ACLU, filed a lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Sunrise Children’s Services in federal court. The lawsuit fallaciously accused Sunrise Children’s Services of LGBT and religious discrimination.

Thankfully, the appellate court dismissed the discrimination lawsuit almost instantaneously, and the discrimination claims have remained lifeless for the entirety of the twenty-five-year court battle. However, for the last two decades, the legal argument over Sunrise receiving financial reimbursements from the state for essential childcare services has carried on.

Praise be to God, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently ruled and declared final dismissal for all of the plaintiffs’ claims against Sunrise Children’s Services with prejudice. Simply put, basically, the court in a final judgment has affirmed that Sunrise has done nothing wrong. Sunrise can continue caring for children and families and carry on with its contract with the state.

Not only is Sunrise Children’s Services a victor in this long and drawn-out legal battle, but this is also a massive victory for our First Amendment rights that give us protections to live out our faith publicly without being forced to compromise on our deeply held Biblical convictions.

Father, we praise You for the victory that Sunrise Children’s Services has received in this long court battle. Lord, thank You for the perseverance and endurance that Sunrise Children’s Services has displayed through this lengthy legal dispute. Father, may our First Amendment rights always endure in this nation so that we may freely live our lives for You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.