Update: Judge Rules Against Catholic Charities in Illinois Adoption Dispute


From the Chicago Tribune -- we will have more to say about this decision soon:

A Sangamon County judge has ruled that the state can decline to renew its contract with Catholic Charities in Illinois to provide foster care and adoption services, meaning children can be transferred to other social service agencies.

... Lawyers for Catholic Charities had urged him to prevent the state from severing a partnership that has provided publicly funded foster care and adoption services in Illinois for four decades.

... Lawyers for the Illinois Attorney General argued that Catholic Charities policy of licensing only married couples and single parents living alone as foster parents, while referring couples in civil unions to other agencies, violates state anti-discrimination laws that now accommodate couples in civil unions.