The ACLU of Illinois' efforts to block this damaging bill were mentioned Tuesday in in Chicago

John Knight, LGBT program director for ACLU Illinois said he was "thrilled" by the bill's failure, adding that its passage would have narrowed the pool of potential placements for many children awaiting adoption in the state. The bill, he argued, was unconstitutional.

"I think you have to look carefully at the bill to understand the potential harm involved by allowing religious adoption agencies to discriminate on the basis of their own religion," Knight said. "The bill is written to talk about how the children's best interests have to be a primary factor, but the bill is actually discriminatory and potentially very harmful."

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