Chicago, Ill., Aug 1, 2013 / 13:18 pm America/Denver (CNA).
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.”
They stressed the importance of same-sex “marriage” in their mission, saying that recognition of such unions should be extended to “our immigration laws, our family laws, and to other areas of law that affect our families.”