Excuse me Governor... same sex couples were willingly adopting special needs children that Catholic Charities couldn't place with opposite sex couples.
"The church through its Catholic Charities provides an extraordinary service to the commonwealth by placing many special needs children every year in homes," Romney told reporters. "That's a service I hope we will continue to be able to avail ourselves of."
Simply put, the Catholic Church wants to play, but only its terms. (Of course, the Church wants the benefit of the civil law and courts when there's a cap on liability for charitable organizations, but not the burden of having to adhere to a policy of non-discrimination when it doesn't like the protected people.)
And how dare the Church threaten us with refusing to do any adoptions; and how dare the head of our civil society, the Governor, quickly sacrifice our society's values (non-discrimination).
We're still a civil society governed by laws. Carving out exceptions that violate our values doesn't encourage religious freedom; it establishes it.