Illinois Won’t Renew Catholic Charities Contract Because of Illinois Civil Unions Law

by Beverly A. Pekala on July 11, 2011

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services advised that the state won’t renew contracts with Catholic Charities because Catholic Charities won’t comply with the Illinois Civil Unions Act. Catholic Charities recently brought suit to declare that they are legally allowed to continue their policy of granting licenses to married couples and single persons who don’t live together, while referring civil unions couples to other agencies.

 All Illinois adults who wish to adopt or become foster care providers must obtain foster care licenses. Declining to renew the foster care and adoption contracts with Catholic Charities, results in the state severing relationships between 2,500 foster children currently in the care of Catholic Charities.

DCFS has issued a statement that Illinois won’t do business with those who intend to violate state law, while Catholic Charities takes the position that their refusal to provide licenses to civil unions couples does not violate the Illinois Civil Unions Act.


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