Catholic Church yanks YMCA grant over relationship with pro-gay marriage group

Staff Reports

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The Catholic Church is rescinding a $60,000 grant to the University YMCA in Champaign, Ill., because the organization has refused to cut ties with a support group that backs same-sex marriage in Illinois.

The grant from Catholic Church’s Campaign for Human Development program pulled the grant because of the YMCA’s relationship with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, a group that publicly announced their support of marriage equality, reports WICD-TV.

University YMCA Director Mike Doyle told WICD-TV that the YMCA had not taken a position on same-sex marriage, but it was important not to allow other groups to control the organization’s relationships.

The $60,000 grant accounted for about 10 percent of the YMCA’s total budget, an amount the Y hopes to raise through community outreach.

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