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June 9, 2009

Responding to 9th Cir ruling on city resolution, Catholic group lashes out at San Francisco officials, comparing them to Nazis

As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, first the Catholic Church ordered Catholic Charities not to place adoptive children with same-sex couples, saying that allowing gay or lesbian couples to adopt "would actually mean doing violence to these children."  Then the city supervisors condemned the Vatican's "hateful and discriminatory rhetoric."  Then the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights accused the city in a lawsuit of acting with unconstitutional hostility toward Catholicism.  Then the 9th Circuit ruled that the supervisors had acted for a legal, secular purpose, to protect same-sex couples from discrimination, and not to express disapproval of Catholicism.

In response, the president and chief counsel of the anti-gay-activist Thomas More Law Center has turned up the rhetoric another notch.  "It is not a stretch to compare the San Francisco board's actions," he said, "to that of the Nazi Germany policy of Gleichschaltung, vilifying Jews as an auxiliary to and laying the groundwork for more repressive policies, including the final solution of extermination."

-SS

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