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Child-welfare worker files grievance after demotion

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A state child welfare worker who was demoted after taking an infant foster child from a lesbian couple has filed a grievance, citing the state's law against homosexual conduct and her own opinion that gay couples make less than ideal parents.

Rebecca Bledsoe was moved from supervisor to case worker for the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services after she removed the then-3-month-old boy from the lesbians' home in August. She was kept at the same pay.While Bledsoe says she was penalized for going against the department's support of "gay culture," her superiors say she violated the proper procedure by abruptly removing a child from a home.