Friday, May 6, 2011

Illinois Catholic Charities Seeks Right to Refer Gay Couples to Other Adoption Agencies

The state of Illinois has passed legislation permitting civil unions of gay couples.  This law prohibits any organization receiving state funds from discriminating against gays.  Despite the state law, Catholic Cahrities has sought permission to refer gay couples to "gay-friendly" agencies for adoption services.  This excerpt from an article featured on the Huffington Post describes the conflict:

 "Gay Adoption In Illinois: Catholic Charities Threatens To Turn Away Gay Couples"
05/ 5/11

"One of the largest adoption agencies in Illinois is threatening to turn away couples with civil unions, despite state law demanding they do otherwise.

Catholic Charities has more than 3,000 children in its foster care and adoption agencies, representing around 20 percent of all such services in the state, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. In recompense, the state pays the organization around $30 million a year...

"The Catholic Church is not going to be OK with Catholic Charities processing applications from anyone in a civil union," Trish Fox, the head of the Catholic Charities of Peoria, told Chicago Public Radio. "And all we're asking is that we can continue what we've always done, which is refer cohabitating couples, heterosexual or homosexual, to another agency."

The language of the civil unions law, though, is clear on the subject: if an agency receives state dollars, it cannot discriminate against same-sex couples -- that is, it must treat people in civil unions as it would treat married couples."

Read the complete article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/05/catholic-charities-gay-adoption_n_858133.html

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