Chicago, Ill., Aug 1, 2013 / 13:18 pm
Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago, Ill., is defending his decision to cease funding of an immigration organization after it declared support and encouragement for same-sex "marriage."
The board of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights "broke faith with its member organizations when it publicly supported so called 'same-sex marriage,'" said Cardinal George in a July 29 statement.
"For its own political advantage, it introduced a matter extraneous to its own purpose and betrayed its own members, who were not consulted."
In May 2013, the Immigration Coalition published a statement supporting "marriage equality," saying that "full equality and civic participation should extend to recognition of all families, including those involving same-sex partnerships."