Catholic adoption agencies in Worcester, Fall River, and Springfield will not be sanctioned at this time by Governor Mitt Romney's administration over their refusal to accept gays and lesbians as prospective adoptive parents, even though the policies violate state antidiscrimination laws.
We can all relax!! They're not going "sanction" Catholics yet.
"Sanction"? Isn't that what the government does to Cuba and China?
What could they possibly do to "sanction" Catholics? They going to circle our homes and cut us off from getting groceries?
I love how Romney is spinning gumming it up so it doesn't cause him a chance at the GOP nomination:
''We're going to wait and see how the legislation plays out," Papanikolaou said.
Yeah, Traviglini and Marian Walsh might have an epiphany or something.
Face it - even the folks at the Chancery could see that's an exercise in futility. Further, all Romney has to do is rewrite the antidiscrimination regulation (it isn't law) to incorporate the discrimination against Catholics so we can perform charitable functions. But, if not, so be it.
Meanwhile, a major gay rights organization also cited a future change in the political landscape to explain why it has not publicly protested the refusal of those agencies to accept gay applicants. Gary Buseck, legal director of the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders in Boston, said his group realizes that Massachusetts will have a new governor next year, and it expects that he or she will aggressively enforce the state's antidiscrimination laws.
Arline Isaacson, cochairwoman of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus, said she sees the controversy as particularly complex, because it affects not only gay civil rights, but the fate of needy children who need homes. She said she understands why gay rights groups want to move slowly to avoid disrupting important social service programs.
In fact, a word to the wise: As soon as the dust settles on this one - we're going to market our civil rights on operating hospitals. Just as this legislative controvery erupts, I'm going to nudge, encourage, muster, incite, inflame, all our Catholic leaders to to petition the Vatican to tell the Cardinal to shut down our hospitals if the Commonwealth is not going to allow us to practice medicine unless we violate the Commandment "thou shalt not kill".