March 19, 2018
Philadelphia is so desperate for foster families that it's airing public service announcements. So, what's the city doing cutting ties with the organizations that help find them?
While 300 kids are waiting for homes, the liberals on the Philadelphia City Council seem determined to keep them in limbo. Last Thursday, Councilwoman Cindy Bass proved that she and her liberal colleagues are more concerned with pushing their intolerant agenda than they are with finding children good homes. At the March 15 meeting, Bass introduced a resolution that gives the city a right to investigate any faith-based organization that won't place kids with same-sex couples. Target #1? Catholic Social Services, one of the largest, most effective adoption and foster care agencies in the state.
Mayor Jim Kenney temporarily cut ties with the group (along with Bethany Christian Services) late last week while city officials dig into the groups' beliefs. A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Kenneth Gavin, probably wishes this were a surprise. But unfortunately, he -- like us -- knows exactly where this is headed, after LGBT activists forced Catholic Charities to close their doors in Illinois, Massachusetts, and D.C. when they refused to compromise their values. Disappointed but resolved, Gavin explained:
"Catholic Social Services is, at its core, an institution founded on faith-based principles. The Catholic Church does not endorse same-sex unions based on deeply-held religious beliefs and principles. As such, CSS would not be able to consider foster care placement within the context of a same-sex union... [The agency] cannot provide services in any manner or setting that would violate its institutional integrity, core values, and Catholic beliefs."
The mayor, meanwhile, made no secret where his prejudice lies. "We should first have a conversation with them to see what the extent of their discrimination is," Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said, "but we cannot use taxpayer dollars to fund organizations that discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation or because of their same-sex marriage status. It's just not right."
Right? What is right? Placing kids in homes where they're at greater risk of poverty or abuse? In the largest, "gold standard" study of its kind on the subject, Dr. Mark Regnerus surveyed almost 3,000 Americans ages 18-39 and found stark differences between adults raised with married parents and those in same-sex homes.
"Results of the Regnerus study reveal that having a parent who is or has been in a same-sex relationship is generally associated with more negative adult outcomes, especially when compared with adult children from intact biological families," Heritage Foundation explains. "For example, adults whose mother or father had a same-sex relationship have lower educational attainment than adults who grew up with their two married biological parents. They are also more likely to receive welfare, experience depression, smoke, and be arrested. These differences remain after controlling for a variety of other childhood circumstances, such as race, family income, and state of residence."
Foster care is not -- and should never be -- about adults. This is about giving children the best chance to succeed in life. If LGBT activists truly cared about kids, they'd stop using them as leverage to force society -- through the government -- to embrace and celebrate their lifestyle.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.