The Roman Catholic Church is simultaneously fighting against and resigned to the fact that soon they will no longer be able to deny Colorado’s LGBT population the ability to get into civil unions. Two hundred Catholics protested against civil unions outside the Colorado capitol building on Friday while others were focused on efforts to add a “conscience clause” to allow people to deny lesbian and gay couples services if they disagree with civil unions on religious grounds.
They want an amendment added that is like the one that was dropped from the bill as it was written last year. That read : “This article shall not be interpreted to require a child placement agency to place a child for adoption with a couple that has entered into a civil union.” The clause was added last year to help get it through the GOP-controlled House, but it did not make it through. Democrats are now in control, and are less likely to include it.
State Senator and sponsor of the bill Pat Steadman stated that “near as I can tell, there’s no pleasing them, so I’m not even going to try.”
Catholic Charities runs 28 programs including adoption services. Tracy Murphy of Catholic Charities of Denver stated “Our desire is to provide them with a safe and stable environment.”
Of course, the pastor of the Denver Cathedral Monsignor Tom Fryar is adamant that “The Catholic church understands the best foundation for a child’s life is to be in the home of a father and a mother that is going to raise them in a family environment that is a strong, healthy marriage.” The Church refuses to let single people adopt as well as same-sex couples and are adamant that they will only let heterosexual married couples adopt because of how it is against their faith to let anyone else adopt even if it means that children go without a home.
Of course, Murphy feels that “Other agencies offer other options for couples who are looking to adopt.” This pretty much amounts to legalized discrimination. Senator Jessie Ulibarri, a Democrat, stated “It sounds like, ‘we have our water fountains, and there are other water fountains for you.’” Ulibarri takes the issue personally. He wears an engagement ring on his finger waiting for the day he can marry his partner Louis. The two have a teenager and a two-year-old.
He also stated “If you’re a parent you know what this feels like to come home and have those little arms hug you when you get home at night. You can’t describe that feeling.”
The Church is, as it always has, threatened to end the adoption programs if such a clause is not instituted even if it means hurting the children by not allowing them to be adopted by same-sex couples or by throwing them into other programs. Of course, they pray that they do not have to make that choice. Murphy stated “These children need us and we wish to stay in this business. We wish to continue to serve them.”
Of course, they are more worried about their illusion of morality and the money that they get from the government than they are about the lives of the children.