CHICAGO (AP) __ Illinois officials say they won’t renew foster
care and adoption contracts with Catholic Charities.
The move follows legal battles over the state’s new civil unions
law, which some Catholic groups have said threatens religious
For decades, Catholic Charities has received state funds for
placing children. But the remaining agencies that provide services
say they’ll only place children with married couples. The agencies
are in dioceses of Peoria, Joliet, Springfield and Belleville.
Gov. Pat Quinn sent letters last week to the four Catholic
Charities agencies saying Illinois couldn’t accept contracts
because they’d made it clear they wouldn’t be complying with
Illinois religious freedom and civil union acts.
Three have sued state officials for threatening to enforce new
policies that accommodate civil unions.
Agency lawyers say they’ll seek a court injunction.
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