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ACLU joins suit against Catholic adoption in Illinois

August 02, 2011

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has joined a lawsuit against Catholic Charities in Illinois, arguing that Church-run adoption agencies should be required to provide equal treatment for same-sex couples.

The offices of Catholic Charities in four Illinois diocese have filed suit against new state regulations requiring that equal treatment. The Catholic Charities groups argue that the regulations violate religious freedom, by requiring adoption agencies to carry out policies in violation of Church teachings.

The ACLU, which claims to uphold individual freedoms, including religious freedom, will argue in this case religious-freedom concerns should bow to the interests of children seeking adoption. In practice, the Illinois regulations are likely to force Catholic agencies out of the adoption business, causing greater hardships for children.


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  • Posted by: Antigone - Aug. 03, 2011 12:08 PM ET USA

    It's been a while since the ACLU actually stood for individual freedoms. Now it's just another organization promoting its vision of a left-wing utopia.

  • Posted by: wojo425627 - Aug. 03, 2011 11:18 AM ET USA

    Do you think Catholics are soon going to have to operate an underground? Secret catholic adoptions and secret Catholic health care? Somewhat like the early Christians in the catacombs?