In the Wake of Illinois Civil Unions, Catholic Charities Files Lawsuit Over Adoption & Foster Care Policies

I’m starting to feel like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day.

A state passes a civil union or gay marriage law and the religious organizations rear their ugly heads instantly.  In the latest chapter of religion versus civil unions, the Huffington Post reports that Catholic Charities in Illinois has filed suit to amend the legislation to allow faith-based organizations to “decline an adoption or foster family home application” to a couple in a civil union “if acceptance of that application would constitute a violation of the organization’s sincerely held religious beliefs.”

Read the article here.

The organization ceased adoption & foster care programs in advance of the law going into effect, as a measure of protest.

Organizations that are supposed to foster love should not promote hate.  Is it just me?


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copyright 2011 Irene C. Olszewski


2 comments on “In the Wake of Illinois Civil Unions, Catholic Charities Files Lawsuit Over Adoption & Foster Care Policies

  1. Steve says:

    There are so many unfortunate children out there who need loving homes. Instead of working to help those children, Catholic Charities wastes its time and money trying to prevent gay and lesbian couples from adopting or fostering those poor children? I don’t care if your religious beliefs go against gay or lesbian people, this is a public issue, not a religious one. Children should not ever be the victims of this type of discrimination. My sister and her partner adopted a baby girl in a different state. She is now 7 and is doing very well in school. There are plenty of studies out there that show that children raised by same-sex parents turn do as well as children raised by opposite-sex parents. Read the data and stop this nonsense, Catholic Charities. Stop hiding behind religion and do the right thing for the sake of the children you are supposed to be helping.

    • Irene C. Olszewski, Esq. says:

      Your points are well taken. Gay and lesbian couples are just as qualified to parent a child as their straight neighbors, as your experience with your sister and her partner clearly demonstrates. Change takes place one person at a time. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and thanks for reading.

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