Monsignor Tom Fryar of Denver's Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
Catholic Adoption Agency Threatens to Leave Colorado If Civil Unions Passes

By Lucas Grindley

Originally published on January 26 2013 1:37 PM ET

If Colorado passes a civil unions law, Catholic Charities is already vowing to stop its adoption services in the state.

As it has in other states, the agency said it would abandon Colorado if it doesn't get a conscious exemption in the civil unions law being considered by the legislature.

"The Catholic church understands the best foundation for a child's life is to be in the home of a father and a mother that is going to raise them in a family environment that is a strong, healthy marriage," said Monsignor Tom Fryar in a report by 9News.

After Illinois passed its civil unions law, the state ended its contract with Catholic Charities over their open discrimination against same-sex couples. The Catholic Church had also sought an exemption from the law in that state and failed.

Watch the Colorado church's case in the video from 9News below.