They could have come to the table and negotiated something over the last several years, but instead, the right wing and the Catholic Church fought the civil unions bill tooth and nail. Now that it looks likely to pass, they want to negotiate. USCatholic.org reports:
The bill “unduly restricts the freedom of child placement agencies like Catholic Charities,” the agency said in a March 1 statement. The bill says that “a priest, minister, rabbi, or other official of a religious institution or denomination or an Indian nation or tribe is not required to certify a civil union in violation of his or her right to free exercise of religion.” But there is no such religious freedom provision for adoption agencies. “It unnecessarily restricts our ability to partner with foster and adoptive families who share common purpose, and live common values,” Catholic Charities said.
Good luck with that.