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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) – 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 la, which some Catholic groups have said threatens religious beliefs.

For decades, Catholic Charities has received state funds for placing children, but the remaining agencies say they will only place children with married couples.

So Governor Quinn has sent them letters saying the state would no longer accept contracts with them because they made it clear they would not comply with Illinois religious freedom and civil union acts.

The move involves about 2,000 children, but state officials say their foster care won’t be affected.

A hearing for a temporary restraining order in the lawsuit is scheduled before a Circuit Judge Tuesday afternoon.

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