Illinois Catholic Charities win injunction in Court
Unlike the Rockford Catholic Diocese, which terminated its contract with the state of Illinois to provide state-funded adoption and foster care services, Catholic Charities in Peoria, Joliet and Springfield sued the state and were just granted a temporary injunction allowing them to continue to provide services for 2000 children.
As previously posted, Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois, ceased providing state-funded adoption and foster care services after more than 100 years.
The diocese decided to terminate its $7.5 million contract with the state of Illinois after policymakers failed to include a religious exemption in the state’s new civil unions law.
Under the new state law, Illinois foster care and adoption agencies were going to be forced to place children with unmarried, cohabiting couples — either homosexual or heterosexual, which is against the Catholic faith.
Faith-based adoption agencies are potentially vulnerable to increased liability if they continue to follow their moral convictions and refuse to place children in homes headed by unmarried couples, so the Rockford Diocese stopped providing services.
In granting the injunction, the court ruled that the discontinuance of the contracts could cause irreparable harm to the families the organization serves.
Instead of violating the Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Unions Act, the Illinois Catholic groups contend they are actually shielded by the law.
The matter is scheduled to go before Judge John Schmidt again in August for a final decision, but the judge’s preliminary injunction is a positive sign.