The Missionaries of Charity, an organization founded by Mother Theresa, has asked the Indian government to deregister 13 of its orphanages so they will no longer be at risk of adopting children to gay parents.
The nuns who run the orphanages claim they are pulling out of the adoption business because India has recently opened up adoption to adults who are single, divorced or separated, and are afraid an unmarried person may turn out to be gay, according to TIME magazine.
“We have already shut our adoption services, because we believe our children may not receive real love,” said Sister Amala of Nirmala Shishu Bhawan, a New Delhi orphanage run by the Missionaries of Charity. “We do not wish to give children to single parents or divorced people. It is not a religious rule but a human rule. Children need both parents, male and female. That is only natural, isn’t it?”
The Indian government is trying to alleviate that situation by requiring all orphanages to submit records of the children in their care to a central database where prospective parents are matched with children, a requirement that the Missionaries of Charity have found unacceptable.
“The new guidelines hurt our conscience,” Sister Amala told local reporters. “They are certainly not for religious people like us. What if the single parent who we give our baby turns out to be gay or lesbian? What security or moral upbringing will these children get? Our rules only allow married couples to adopt.”