A pro-family activist finds it unfortunate that the homosexual agenda is more important to Philadelphia than the needs of youngsters in the foster care system.
The city council of Philadelphia has voted to ban Bethany Children Services and Catholic Social Services from placing children in foster homes as punishment for following their faith by refusing to place children in the homes of homosexual couples.
Diane Gramley of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania tells OneNewsNow the action was taken because of the city's Fair Practices Ordinance, which grants protection and special rights to homosexuals.
"That impacts any company or organization that contracts with the city," Gramley explains. "Catholic Social Services and Bethany receive an aggregate amount of about $3 million annually from the city, so they're tied to the city with that money."
Meanwhile, more than 5,000 vulnerable foster children in Philadelphia are in need of a safe and loving home.
"Sexual orientation's more important than the children," the family advocate laments, "and the city of Philadelphia is making it very clear that if you don't comply, if you don't embrace the Fair Practices Ordinance in every aspect of it, then you will be targeted for investigation."
That could result in the loss of contract with the city, which Gramley says is reason enough for faith-based organizations to not contract with the government. Once that contract is in force, she says, there are strings attached that give Christian groups the choice between violating their faith or bowing to the government.