The Herald News explained that Catholic Charities in Chicago stopped foster care and adoption services in 2007 for financial reasons and the Diocese of Rockford, Ill., stopped its services without a fight when the civil union law passed. But the APreported that three Catholic dioceses — Peoria, Joliet, Springfield — in Illinois are fighting back by asking a Sangamon County, Ill., judge to put a hold on the enforcement of the law.
Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of the Family Equality Council, which advocates for gay marriage, cast Catholic Charities not as a victim, but as a perpetrator of harm to children. She told The Advocate that Catholic Charities' legal efforts are bad for children: "If there are groups that would choose to deny children a home because of political agendas, then we must replace them with compassionate child placement agencies that are focused squarely on doing what's best for kids."
Breen, at the Thomas More Society sees it differently.
"The legislature made clear that it was protecting religious entities as it passed the civil unions law," Breen told Catholic News Agency. "Now the executive branch is ignoring the legislative intent of the law, and pushing a partisan political agenda instead of enforcing the laws as they were written and intended by the General Assembly."
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