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Actions of Massachusetts Bishops betray best interest of children
Actions of Massachusetts Bishops betray best interest of children
"These Bishops are giving priority to a political agenda that disrespects Lesbian and Gay families, instead of giving priority to the needs of very vulnerable children," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.

In a story first reported in today's Boston Globe, the four Roman Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts are looking into ways to receive the state's permission to allow Catholic Charities of Boston, the church's social service arm, to ban adoptions to same-sex couples.

"These Bishops are giving priority to a political agenda that disrespects Lesbian and Gay families, instead of giving priority to the needs of very vulnerable children," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "The Bishops' position is completely at odds with child welfare experts who are unanimous in their agreement that sexual orientation has nothing to do with parenting ability. Decisions like this need to be made by child safety experts not people with political agendas."

In December, the board of Catholic Charities of Boston voted unanimously to continue to allow adoption by same-sex couples, staying in line with the state of Massachusetts's anti-discrimination laws. The Boston Globe reported that during the past two decades, agency officials have placed only 13 children out of 720 adoptions with same-sex couples.

The Boston Globe also reported that the outgoing chairman of the board of Catholic Charities of Boston was strongly in opposition to the plan by the Bishops stating that it would undercut the agency's mission to provide stable homes for needy children. A current board member, Peter Meade was reported as saying, "This is an unnecessary, unmitigated disaster for children, Catholic Charities, and the Archdiocese of Boston."

"I have faith that Massachusetts leaders will look these Bishops squarely in the eye and let them know that their state will not stand for such discrimination," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "As a community, we are incredibly proud of the 13 Gay couples who stepped up to the plate, stretched out their arms and opened their homes to children in need."

The nation's leading children's health, children's welfare and mental health organizations have issued statements declaring that a parent's sexual orientation is irrelevant to his or her ability to raise a child.

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.



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