Faith-based adoption organizations remain vulnerable unless Congress moves on a bill to protect them.
During the last decade, Catholic adoption organizations in several states and locales (Massachusetts, California, Illinois, Philadelphia, District of Columbia) had to shut down because they refused the government's demand to place children available for adoption with homosexual couples.
Kevin Qualls, president of Christian Adoption Services, notes that laws have been passed in only a few states to protect the agencies. "I believe major spiritual warfare [is] going on," he begins, "and so from our perspective of being a faith-based, Christian agency, our mission is very clear: to build God's kingdom by committing vulnerable children to Christian families."
He contends that shutting down Christian and Catholic adoption agencies would be a tremendous disservice to the children and families they serve.
"It doesn't make sense," he laments. "If you've got 155 million children who are in need worldwide of a home, why would you discriminate and shut down faith-based agencies that are making a difference? It doesn't even make sense to me that would even be thought of."
But there is a possible solution: the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act (H.R. 1881; S. 811), which was introduced in Congress last year, would protect the agencies throughout the U.S. and in states that receive federal funding. The Human Rights Campaign, the largest pro-LGBTQ lobby in the U.S., has come out against the Act, arguing that it would override state non-discrimination statutes "and effectively allow taxpayer funds to be used to discriminate."