Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney has backed off his claim that he doesn’t authority to grant adoption exemptions to Catholic Charities. A day after the state’s Catholic bishops issued a statement asking for the exemption from a law requiring them to allow gay adoptions, Romney is now saying:
‘We respect and honor the free practice of religion, and we look forward to meeting with representatives from the Catholic Church to discuss this issue.”
Meanwhile, three members of the board of Boston Catholic Charities apparently couldn’t stand the idea of the Church actually living by her teachings and resigned from the board instead. The article doesn’t say who those board members are.
This would also seem to indicate that rumors that the Catholic Charities board would buck Archbishop Sean O’Malley on this are not true. However, the board did say in a statement that it “recognizes the need for further discussion with the archbishop.”
What’s not clear is whether until the exemption comes through, if a gay couple walks through the doors of Catholic Charities today, will they be allowed to adopt a child?
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