Gay adoption restriction legislation debated in Illinois

 

Gay adoptions emerged Tuesday at the centre of a Capitol culture clash as lawmakers pushed a measure to ensure faith-based groups could turn away committed same-sex couples who want to adopt children or provide foster homes.

Opponents say it’s a direct assault on Illinois’ new civil union law, which takes effect June 1. And some fear children will lose opportunities to be placed in loving homes because of discrimination.

"Who will be our next target?" said Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, one of two openly gay lawmakers in the General Assembly.
Sponsoring senators argue religious groups shouldn’t have to go against their beliefs when placing children for adoption. And they say it simply clarifies legally what those groups have been doing for years.

the story continues – chicagotribune.com

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