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Forced to support homosexual couples, Washington archdiocese ends foster care

Catholic World News - February 18, 2010

The Archdiocese of Washington, DC has ended its foster-care program, saying that it could not comply with a new law that requires equal treatment of same-sex couples. The decision also puts an end to the archdiocesan involvement in adoption services.

Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington had warned last year that the archdiocese could not comply with the terms of the new law, which was then still under discussion. With the legislation scheduled to take effect on March 1, the archdiocesan programs were ended at the beginning of February. "We regret that our efforts to avoid this outcome were not successful," said a spokesman. The archdiocese had offered foster-care and adoption services for 80 years.

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  • Posted by: ladybug54 - Feb. 18, 2010 11:28 PM ET USA

    Can't this be fought in court? Aren't there laws which protect people from doing something against there faith? If not, can it be fought on the grounds of religious freedom?

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Feb. 18, 2010 10:00 PM ET USA

    Ending the program is a weak move. The Archdiocese should continue to offer adoption services and refuse to place children with homosexual couples. See if the government has the stomach to arrest and prosecute people for their religious beliefs. Then the TV news will show Catholics being sent to jail for their faith. If that doesn't wake up the people, then America is all over anyway.

  • Posted by: dad2dlj - Feb. 18, 2010 6:19 PM ET USA

    One of the same homosexual council members who voted to allow same sex marriage in DC and not to allow it to go to referendum was on all the local newsfeeds last night wringing his hands over how the Church is not honoring the will of the people to have an inclusive society. Naturally, the other side of the story about how the DC Council, under the tutelage of the so-called Human Rights Campaign, has usurped the voice of the citizenry to speak at the polls was omitted. "DC"? How about "PC"?

  • Posted by: Hal - Feb. 18, 2010 5:03 PM ET USA

    Sin kills everything it touches, doesn't it?

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