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Catholic adoption agencies threaten to turn away gay couples

Friday, May 6, 2011

One of the largest adoption and foster care services in Illinois has threatened to drop those services if it is forced to place children with gay and lesbian couples, a move that could affect thousands of children.

When the state’s new civil unions law goes into effect on June 1, Catholic Charities — with more than 3,000 children in its foster care and adoption agencies — said they do not plan to serve gay couples in those unions.

“The Catholic Church is not going to be OK with Catholic Charities processing applications from anyone in a civil union,” said Trish Fox, who runs Catholic Charities of Peoria. “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 chief architect of the civil unions bill, Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), said the new law requires any charity that accepts state money to provide child-care services to treat people in civil unions as it would treat married couples.

The state pays Catholic Charities $30 million annually for its services.

“I don’t want my tax dollars to fund discrimination in any form, and that is exactly what the Catholic Charities are asking for: the right to discriminate,” said Anthony Martinez, Executive Director of The Civil Rights Agenda.

Last month, the Illinois Senate voted down a measure that would have allowed religious and faith-based groups to deny same-sex couples from adopting or fostering children.

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27 more reader comments:

  1. Figures…

    Posted on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 11:09pm
  2. If they want to discriminate that’s ok, let them start paying taxes.

    Posted on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 11:09pm
  3. that is blatant discrimination … the Catholic Church is NOT perfect and have NO right to condemn anyone

    Posted on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 11:10pm
  4. What the fuck is this.

    Posted on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 11:10pm
  5. Every child deserves a wonderful loving family. Who cares if it’s with two moms or two dads!

    Posted on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 11:13pm
  6. way to stop kids from getting adopted >:I

    Posted on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 11:13pm
  7. So much for all men are created equal………this is why I do not follow religion at all…

    Posted on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 11:21pm
  8. But wait…I was born to a Catholic girl, and through a Catholic adoption agency I was given to my parents who raised me Catholic…and look, I’m gay!

    Posted on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 11:21pm
  9. Well seeing that the Catholic Church basically protects pedophiles this comes as no surprise to me. They are like kids holding their breath until they turn blue….when they cannot control everything. They should be ashamed for abusing these orphans and using them for political rhetoric. They should also be forced to pay taxes since they can’t keep their noses out of politics!

    Posted on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 11:23pm
  10. Wow:/

    Posted on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 11:24pm
  11. So it’s okay to ruin the lives of children because of religiously driven bigotry, how nice.

    Posted on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 11:27pm
  12. Since when did the child molestors of the world get to be the moral police?

    Posted on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 11:28pm
  13. Heartless

    Posted on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 11:29pm
  14. Is this surprising?

    Posted on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 11:36pm
  15. How stupid are they? Those homes are what the children need. Without them, they may as well die. I wonder if that’s what the Catholics really want from all this? -_-

    Posted on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 11:54pm
  16. wow really? That is such bull and unfair to the children

    Posted on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 11:56pm
  17. Catholics have never let logic or common sense get in their way.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 12:01am
  18. what idiots. Their stance is cruel and evil, and their arguments senseless. It makes me sick to my stomach innocent children would be held as a blackmailing tool for their political agenda. Just ridiculous and embarrassing is what it is.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 12:44am
  19. im an ex catholic

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 12:51am
  20. the Catholics probably want the kids for themselves, that way they can keep molesting them, and still claim that they’re perfect. Sick freaks

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 4:21am
  21. Catholics are the most closed minded people I know of … kind of like muslims extremists really …

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 4:43am
  22. One of the things that I find interesting in articles like these is how the Church seems to make the heterosexist assumption that none of the children they are placing are themselves queer. In any case, as so many horrendously abusive heterosexual adoptive parents prove, sexuality is hardly a determining factor whether a couple is suitable to foster or adopt a child. By clinging to their prejudices, which allow them the convenience of not actually thinking, the Church is not only proving their continued irrelevance to contemporary life but also keeping children from potentially loving families. Perhaps the Church will come around — they did pardon Galileo after all and it only took three centuries or so! — but I don’t think these kids have that kind of time.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 5:00am
  23. If they want to be involved in politics I suggest they lose their tax exempt status. Otherwise, they can shut up and get with the secular laws of this nation.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 5:06am
  24. Im pretty aware of religious organizations doing this to gay couples because eight years ago I could have been adopted by a gay family but that didn’t happen instead I got put with a family that made me feel strange for being gay..or as they called it, “Sexually Broken”. So I totally understand what the catholic church is doing. I guess they think that giving a baby to a strait couple makes God like them more?.. I have no Idea.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 6:31am
  25. ^^ But whether or not that god blesses them or not, why waste your time arguing for something that bothers you not a bit.
    Their clearly trying to get their way and since its not a law they will refuse. Is hatred a sin? If so the should get their hood wearing asses to the father in that little box and pray lol.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 6:41am
  26. the catholic church – of the endless hidden molestation of children that reaches up to benedict and his brother. Hidden for centuries, and the church often moved molesting priests to new locations to let them continue thier crimes. Because priest bring in the money.

    And we let them be involved with children????

    the catholic church of moral values. Who supported the fascist dictator francisco franco during the spanish civil war, 1936-1939. Where the Germans were Franco’s air force, bombing cities and civilians.

    the catholic church of Hitler, who dead or alive has not yet EXcommunicated hitler while they prattle about protecting life. Despite the 55 million deaths this born and baptised catholic caused.

    the catholic church which in 2009 German Pope RATZInger UNexcommunicated Bishop Williamson, a church of England official kicked out for denying the holocaust.

    The catholic church , if you google “vatican bank scandal” you will be amazed at who the bank was supporting by laundering money. Hint – we finally in the 50s and 60s got a lot of this mostly italian group tossed in jail.

    Go to to understand the mentality of this absolutist organization.

    go to for an extensive list of all the vile crimes of the church over the ages. By a couple priests who couldn’t take it any more – the lies and hypocrisy, and left to become Methodist ministers.

    And the list goes on and on and on.

    Posted on Monday, May 9, 2011 at 12:47am
  27. In Canada, adoption agencies are run by the state. Quit paying religious zealots so they can deal with what is due but make it pass for charity. Charities are biased, as we can see in the present article. They pick and choose what and who ithey want to support, while the state is entitled to each and every of its citizens. Children are citizens, they deserve to be dealt with by the state, its laws and its respect for equality and rights. You pay enough taxes.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 11:20pm