Illinois Senate Refuses to Protect Religious Adoption Agencies


Last week the IL Senate Executive Committee voted down a bill (7-6) that would have allowed religious organizations in that state to refuse adoptions or foster care with same sex couples joined by civil unions.

We've been tracking the efforts to force religious-based adoption centers in IL to violate their conscience after the passage of IL's SSU bill. Most recently the Chicago Tribune reported:

The legislative dispute arises as Illinois officials are investigating whether religious agencies that receive public money to license foster care and adoptive parents are breaking anti-discrimination laws if they turn away potential parents who are openly gay.

If they are found in violation, Lutheran Child and Family Services, Catholic Charities in five regions outside Chicago, and the Evangelical Child and Family Agency will have to license openly gay foster parents or lose millions of state dollars, potentially disrupting thousands of foster children in their care.

Here is State Sen. David Koehler explaining what his bill ("The Religious Freedom Protection Act") would do:

Hat tip: Illinois Review


  1. Don
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Look at where this is taking place. Illinois is the home of the Obama political machine which is headquartered in Chicago. Rahm Emanuel goes from being White House Chief of Staff directly to being the mayor of Chicago just in time for Obama's re-election campaign. Duh!

  2. Don
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Chicago is the headquarters of the Obama political machine. What else would we expect from Illinois?

    From White House Chief of Staff to Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel is now positioned to head up the Obama re-election effort and the anti-religion, homosexual activism of Obama and his administration are being catered to by the Illinois legislature.

  3. Rick DeLano
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    So. Cardinal George. The ball is in your court. Will Illinois turn out to be the American Ontario, or will we find that we indeed have a Catholic Cardinal there in Chicago?

    You wear scarlet for a reason, Your Eminence.

    Time to employ that crozier.

  4. John N.
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    Warning to all Christians who support our religious freedom and libertities. If they win here Illinois then this will spread to all of the other states.

  5. Don
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    Now don't be alarmist, John N. The sky isn't falling. There is STILL no homosexual "marriage" in California. There STILL isn't any homosexual "marriage" in Maine. Two people of he same sex CANNOT "marry" in Maryland! 31 states STILL define marriage as between one man an one woman.

    As goes Illinois, so doesn't go the rest of the country! If Obama couldn't "protect" homosexual "rights" in his lair of Illinois, the radical left would run him out of town!

  6. Little man
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    Native Americans have the advantage that adoptions by law have to give preference to the children's tribes.

    Indian Child Welfare Act

    Why can't a child, to an extent raise in a religious setting, be given priority to be adopted by people of that same religion?

    Adoption is not a religious matter. Certain adoption agencies are organizations set up by religious orders, but adoption is a civil matter. Adoption is not limited by religious persuasion, and cannot be, but having the experience of a foster mother and father is preferable to having two fathers and no mother - and this is not a religious concept.

  7. Posted April 22, 2011 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    The reality about the adoption agencies in Illinois is that adoptions and foster care are civil functions. It just so happens that because of a very blurry line between church and state, there are religious organizations performing some of these functions. Let's be clear though, Lutheran Child and Family Services, Catholic Charities in five regions outside Chicago, and the Evangelical Child and Family Agency receive MILLIONS in state taxpayer dollars. Therefore, if they want to operate in IL, they must do so in compliance with the law, including placements with gay couples in same-sex unions. If they are TRULY "conscientcious objectors" if you will, then they should stop taking state funds, and therefore stop blurring that line between church and state, like the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution says.

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