Illinois to end Catholic Charities adoption contracts

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The state of Illinois may soon terminate foster care and adoption contracts with Catholic Charities, a move that would mark the end of a decades-long partnership.

According to the Chicago Tribune:

Catholic Charities has received state funds for placing children with families for years. But since Illinois adopted a civil unions law — which gives gay couples many of the same rights as married couples — the Catholic social services agency has objected, saying the law threatens some religious beliefs. The Rockford Diocese ended its adoptions and foster care program in May, saying it didn’t want to comply with the law.

Agencies in four dioceses — Peoria, Joliet, Springfield and Belleville — provide adoption and foster care services in Illinois. All except Belleville have sued the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Illinois attorney general for forcing them to offer services to same-sex couples.