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Gay groups: Don’t change Ill. adoption policy



Gay groups: Don’t change Ill. adoption policy

Associated Press

4:00 PM CDT, May 4, 2011


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Gay rights groups are urging Illinois lawmakers not to let Catholic adoption agencies turn away gay couples.

They say agencies that get state money to care for children should not be allowed to reject anyone who would be a good parent.

Illinois begins allowing gay civil union next month. Catholic adoption agencies will then face a choice of working with gay couples or sending them to other groups.

If they turn away gay couples, they might face lawsuits or lose state funding.

So Catholic groups are asking for a new law letting them refuse to place children with gay couples on religious grounds.

Groups like Equality Illinois and The Civil Rights Agenda say adoption and foster care should be based only on what’s best for the children.

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  1. Kevin Rahe
    May 26, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Can’t we agree, then, that placing a child in a paradoxical situation is never “what’s best for the children”?

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