Lesbian couple Fatma Marouf and Bryn Esplin are suing president Donald Trump’s administration after the pair was denied the adoptive rights to a child.
The couple, who both teach at Texas A&M University, had contacted a Fort Worth branch of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to adopt a child, according to WFAA. The group contacted a representative before they were set to be interviewed, but were told they did not “mirror the holy family” and could not go through the process.
"We were both completely shocked,” Marouf said. “I think we just looked at each other and then I wanted to clarify what they meant by that."
The pair said they believe the group cannot do this because the Conference of Catholic Bishops receives taxpayer money to operate their adoption program on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Marouf and Esplin filed the lawsuit with the help of LGBT advocate Lambda Legal, according to WFAA. The duo said they hope they can get a change of the decision with the suit.