The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests, announced last month its support for a bill that would prohibit adoption or foster care agencies that receive federal funding from using "sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status" to "deny or delay the placement of a child for adoption or into foster care."
The group announced its position, which is in contradiction of church teaching, despite the fact that it would potentially endanger the efficacy of many Catholic adoption agencies.
The association's March 28 E-Bulletin said the "Every Child Deserves a Family Act" promotes "the best interests of all children in foster care and adoption system by ending discrimination against LGBTQ+ and religious minority youth, foster parents, and families."
"To argue that religious freedom justifies the use of taxpayer dollars to discriminate against children and prospective parents is a distortion of such freedom and a misunderstanding of civil rights law," the association wrote in a document for its members send to their Senators and Representatives.
"The Every Child Deserves a Family Act promotes care that is affirming of a child's identity including race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and ability. It provides extensive resources to child welfare providers to improve the outcomes for the LGBTQ+ youth dramatically overrepresented in care."
The group also cited an article written by Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, in support of the bill.
"We must end this sinful denial of civil rights," Campbell said. "We are all members of the human family and have a responsibility to cherish and uplift one another."