Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Guess it's wrong for Catholic families to adopt

Catholic Charities to fight for adoption rights for Illinois Government

Catholic Charities have taken the ACLU to court, asserting
its right to define parents (a man and a woman) as the
only adoption choice.
Catholic Charities is fighting with the state of Illinois to reinstate dropped adoption contracts. The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois (ACLU) cancelled its contracts with Catholic adoption services because it believed the charities expressed a religious objection to Illinois' civil union laws. In other words the refusal to allow gay and lesbian couples to adopt children through Catholic services.

The ACLU said, during a preliminary hearing Monday, the state government's cancellation of the contracts was validated because of the harm it causes children in the state's Department of Children and Family Services.

"Catholic Charities has maintained the same policies for decades on the placement of children with unmarried couples," said Catholic Charities legal counsel Peter Breen.

"To assert that Catholic Charities is now suddenly not acting in the best interest of children means the civil liberties group is either disingenuous or the ACLU has been asleep at the switch for the last 20 years."

"Catholic Charities is not preventing a single parent from adopting," Breen, who is also the executive director of the pro-life legal firm the Thomas More Society, said. He said there are over 40 state licensed adoption agencies both secular and religious.

Catholic Charities is arguing the lawful right to operate under the Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Unions Act. It allows same-sex couples to adopt while also protecting faith-based organisations. This effectively should allow Catholic Charities to run according to its own faith.

Breen feels Catholic Charities has a good case asserting the dropped contracts violate the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. This law protects religious groups from the burdens countering one's religious beliefs.

1 comment:

  1. I hope and pray Catholic Charities wins! The ACLU is being completely ridiculous, their argument makes no sense at all. Now Catholics are being persecuted again, and no one seems to really care. I'd love to see if any of this would happen if it was another religion or group doing adoptions. This should be about any family wanting to give a loving, safe, and happy home to a child. The ACLU has lost sight of what's important here, and has just decided to bully a group they figure is easy to bully. I pray that Catholic Charities does not give up and fights hard for the sake of families and children. In fact I wish that we had a Catholic organization here in B.C. that did adoptions. We would love to have the option to adopt, as a Catholic family, through a Catholic agency.


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