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That was a blow to adoption providers with a strong conviction that vulnerable children do best when they are adopted by families with a married mother and father.

AdvertisementBy contrast, traditional faith-based adoption providers have suffered legal discrimination.

When Massachusetts decreed in 2006 that adoption agencies could no longer discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, the state’s most venerable adoption provider — Catholic Charities of Massachusetts — was forced to end a service it had been providing for more than 100 years.

It should go without saying that the greater the diversity of qualified adoption agencies available to find good homes for them, the better.

Instead of trying to squeeze traditional Christian adoption providers out of existence, federal and state authorities should be doing everything they can to encourage more of them to thrive.

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