''Everyone is looking at Massachusetts and going back to their own situation," said John Keightley, an executive vice president at Catholic Charities USA, a national group of more than 170 local agencies. ''They want to know, 'What are the laws of our state?' "
Will Catholics be allowed to run adoption agencies, operate hospitals, perform Sacraments that comply with the commandments?
Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco, who wants gay adoptions to continue, said he had considered going to Rome next week for Levada's elevation to cardinal, but has scrapped the idea in protest.
However will we sleep?
A member of the city's Board of Supervisors has said that city funding of Catholic Charities may be halted if the agency stops gay adoptions. He said he hopes that the city's Catholic leaders, unlike those in Boston, will ignore Levada's statement.
No more operating soup kitchens for Catholics, says the Government.
''This came as a hand grenade from the Vatican," said Supervisor Tom Ammiano.
Catholics are the ones being discriminated against.
Specifically, the legislation says it will be legal for ''any religious or denominational institution or organization" to ''take any action" to provide adoption services that promote its religious principles as long as the groups do not ''discriminate among prospective adoptive parents on the basis of race, creed, national origin, gender, [or] handicap." The list does not include sexual orientation.