“Civil laws that establish ‘same-sex marriage’ create a legal fiction,” Cardinal George and other Catholic bishops wrote in a letter sent to priests on Tuesday. “The state has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible.” (bolding mine – quote from article linked below)
Illinois has a bill before the senate called ‘The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act’ and the above quote was taken from a post in CP Politics called “Christian Institutions to Lose Adoptions Protection if Ill. Approves Gay Marriage, Law Group Warns“. I haven’t read the bill, so I don’t know if it will exempt Religious entities to allow them to discriminate against same-sex couples in regards to adoption, or not – or if it only pertains to adoption agencies that accept federal funds which would be the same as it is now in Illinois, and why Catholic Charities stepped away from foster care, and foster care adoptions.
Yet that isn’t what this post is about. It is about the concept of “legal fiction” and how the Catholic Cardinal and Bishops state that “the state has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible“.
You probably know where I am going with this by now…
Per the Administrative Code of the Illinois Vital Records – Section 500
8) The new birth certificate shall parallel an original certificate and by legal fiction purport in the case of an adoption, that the adoptive parents are the natural parents. (bolding mine)
So the Catholic Cardinal and Bishops quoted above in trying to justify why that bill is wrong – are they also saying that in Illinois (and extrapolated to mean in any state?) that amending the birth certificate in adoption shouldn’t be allowed to happen, because “the state has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible“?
Waiting with baited breath to see them work to repeal amending the birth certificates in adoption, because you can’t have something both ways…
P.s. do read the actual letter embedded in the article sent by the Cardinal and Bishops to the priests, specifically the second paragraph…