CCHD denied 9 groups $300,000 in grants over same-sex ‘marriage’ stance

CHICAGO, October 29, 2013 ( – Catholics are praising a decision by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the official domestic aid agency of the U.S. bishops, to withhold grants from an affiliate that endorsed marriage redefinition.

The Illinois Coalition for Immigration and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) engages in activism for illegal immigrants, as well as legal immigrants and refugees, to be granted “full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society.”

But some of its actions had been controversial. In 2012, ICIRR teamed up with the local chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in a “get out the vote” effort that unseated pro-life Republican Congressman Joe Walsh, replacing him with pro-abortion Democrat Tammy Duckworth.

Then, as the state House was on the cusp of passing a bill to legalize same-sex “marriage” in May 2013, ICIRR passed a resolution supporting marriage redefinition in Illinois.