The Catholic Diocese of
Belleville and Catholic Social Services of Southern Illinois said
Thursday that they would part ways in the wake of a new state law that
granted same-sex couples the right to seek civil unions and disrupted
the work of Catholic agencies working in foster care and adoption.
The announcement came in
separate statements months after the Illinois Department of Children and
Family Services stopped referring foster care and adoption cases to
Catholic charitable groups. Catholic agencies have refused to license
same-sex couples in civil unions as foster parents, a position the state
sees as discriminatory.
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