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Yes to funds & no to gay parents?

According to a March 2 Chicago Tribune article, Illinois government officials are investigating whether some Lutheran, Roman Catholic and other faith-based agencies violate anti-discrimination laws if they accept public funds but reject openly gay couples as foster parents.

Gene Svebakken, president and CEO of Lutheran Child and Family Services, an agency of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, said it is developing a response, adding, "There's no way we're going to jeopardize those programs."

Some agencies said a November 2010 executive order from President Barack Obama allows them to keep their "religious character" and public money.


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