State Issues Ultimatum: Take Same-Sex Couples Or Else! What’s Next?

By Julie Roys
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Imagine a world in which only churches that affirm homosexuality are allowed to operate. Never in the U.S. – the land of the free, right? Well, that’s basically what Illinois is doing to faith-based foster care and adoption agencies right now. Following the passage of a new civil union bill, the state is issuing Christian social service agencies an ultimatum: place foster kids with same-sex couples or – lose your foster care contract.

As a result, the Evangelical Child and Family Agency (ECFA) is closing its foster care program, transferring nearly 250 foster care cases to two secular agencies. Catholic Charities faces a similar plight. It’s fighting the state in court. But, if it loses, it will need to transfer nearly two-thousand foster care cases to other agencies.

Never mind that these two top-rated agencies have been providing excellent foster care for nearly five decades. Never mind that the new law contains a clause supposedly exempting religious organizations from state interference. And, never mind that not even one same-sex couple has approached either agency, seeking to provide foster care!

No, now we’re living in an era where the rights of gays trump the rights of just about everyone else, especially Christians – and we’re just in the early stages. Think about it. If the state can pressure Christian foster care agencies to violate their consciences, what’s to keep governments from doing the same thing with Christian schools and churches? The federal government could withhold loans from students enrolled in Christian colleges that don’t hire practicing homosexuals. Churches could lose tax-exempt status if they exclude homosexuals from leadership.

You see, once society accepts that homosexuality is an immutable trait, the same as skin color or physical disability, gays become a protected class. This is why Christians need to oppose civil union and gay marriage laws. They’re based on the premise that homosexuality is not a behavior. And, once governments accept that premise, it’s open season on all Christian institutions.

(Below is a link to a six-minute piece I produced on Illinois’ decision to reject contracts with the ECFA and Catholic Charities. It contains portions of interviews with a spokesman from IL Dept. of Children and Family Services; the exec. director of ECFA; a spokesman with Catholic Charities; and a foster care family.)

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8 thoughts on “State Issues Ultimatum: Take Same-Sex Couples Or Else! What’s Next?”

  1. That’s right, foster kids are finally going to be placed in all good homes with parents of all types who are willing to give them a loving healthy place to grow up in. Considering that there are not enough good homes with parents willing to take the large number of kids needing homes, this a wonderful move by the state of Illinois. Until religious organizations realize that LGBT is a civil rights issue, they will keep running into a brick wall around this. Yes, they do have to acknowledge this when dealing with agencies on the state or federal level. Otherwise, they have a choice not to participate. Fortunately, many churches & religious organizations see this, support LGBT people, and even welcome them into their churches and employ them.

  2. This changes nothing for same-sex couples who want to provide foster care. They had the freedom to do that before through the state and numerous private agencies. All the state ruling does is make it impossible for Christian agencies to follow their consciences and participate in the state-run system. And, it alienates about 20% of the families providing foster care. (That hardly helps increase the pool of foster potential foster parents.) But, I guess we’re in an age where people aren’t free to act on their conscience. The gay lobby is foisting its view on all society and killing religious freedom.

  3. You are the one killing your own religious freedom. Many, if not most churches & religious organizations support LGBT citizens and accept them as they are, & for who they are. Stop with all the hysteria of the ” what if’s & what’s next” ,no one is trying to take over your churches, schools, or anything else. The so called “gay lobby”, is only fighting for the same civil rights afforded to every other citizen at the state & federal level.

  4. If people were given complete freedom to act on their consciences, landlords could refuse to rent to black people, beaches could bar Jews….. Oh wait, this kind of discrimination has happened before. Bigotry under the guise of religious freedom is still bigotry.

  5. The gay lobby — through state politicians — is dictating to private Christian agencies what they can and cannot do. I don’t think it’s a stretch to think gay groups will target churches next.

    Your accusations hold true only if same-sex attraction is an immutable trait. The Bible explicitly says it is not.

    I Corinthians 6:9-11: “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a] 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

    Footnotes:
    a. 1 Corinthians 6:9 The words men who have sex with men translate two Greek words that refer to the passive and active participants in homosexual acts.

    I don’t think I have the authority to veto the Bible or amend its teachings. Some people and churches do. That’s on their conscience.

  6. Hold on just a second here: we don’t have enough capacity to place kids into good homes…. so we’re shutting down the *most successful* agencies based on them exercising their religious viewpoints? What!?

    What a narrow-minded and abrasive government!

    1. I don’t believe that sometimes you have to forgo your own standards and let someone be judged by their standards instead. I don’t believe arguing the virtues of the bible is the right fit for their case. If someone doesn’t believe in the bible, that’s fine.

      This simply needs some common sense perspective. Opportunity cost. Balance. Good outweighing the bad.

      Are we also going to say then that a parent giving their child up for adoption doesn’t have the right to request their child to go into a christian home? Or a muslim home? Or a heterosexual home?

      I believe it should be the right of the biological parents and the adopting parents to choose for themselves where they would like to adopt and to whom they would like to give their child.

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