Skip to comments.Colo. Civil Unions Bill Could Endanger Catholic Child Services
Posted on 01/18/2013 6:40:33 AM PST by marshmallow
Denver, Colo., Jan 18, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA).- A new version of a proposed Colorado civil unions bill has dropped provisions that protect agencies from being forced to place children with same-sex and unmarried opposite-sex couples a change that could put at risk Catholic Charities' adoption and foster care services in the state.
Jennifer Kraska, executive director of the Colorado Catholic Conference, told CNA Jan. 16 that there have been significant changes to the bill from last years version, which failed to pass.
If the legislation passes this year, civil unions for two people of any sex would be legally equivalent to marriage under state law. The 2012 Colorado Senate bill proposing to create the unions had stated that the bill shall not be interpreted to require a child placement agency to place a child for adoption with a couple in a civil union.
That language, however, is absent from the 2013 bill, S.B. 11.
Kraska said this change means the legislation has the potential for serious conflict with religious liberty regarding religious institutions involved in charitable services as well as adoption and foster care.
Mark Rohlena, President and CEO of Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, said if the bill passes it could threaten the religious liberty of agencies like his that decline to place children with same-sex couples or unmarried opposite-sex couples.
We feel it would be a very sad commentary if Colorado forced religious institutions or those who believe in a different framework to do something against their conscience, he told CNA Jan. 16.
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The purpose IS to destroy Catholic charities. It is not an oversight.
And to secure access to children. It's a two-fer.