Catholic Church leaders have decided to use immigrants and those who seek to help them as pawns in a political battle. Church leaders recently threatened to discontinue funding for several charitable organizations that belong to the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), which has decided to support equal treatment under the law for gay and lesbian couples in Illinois. The Church has insisted that member organizations disassociate from the ICIRR because of its support for civil marriage for gays and lesbians in Illinois - or lose their funding. We are urging Church leaders to withdraw this unjust threat against charitable organizations that serve our most vulnerable brothers and sisters.
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