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Illinois Gov Quinn cuts foster-care work with Catholic Charities over civil unions issue

The Catholic church refused to place any of the nearly 2,000 state wards it cares for with same-sex couples, so the Department of Children and Family Services notified Catholic Charities organizations in four suburban or Downstate dioceses that the agency intended to terminate their foster-care and adoption contracts with the state because of the church’s unwillingness to abide by Illinois’ new civil unions law.

“They made a choice,” Quinn said of the dioceses. “They have a law in Illinois. It’s the civil unions law. I signed it into law. We’re not going back. Any organization that decides that because of the civil unions law that they won’t participate voluntarily in a program, that’s their choice.”

[via Chicago Sun-Times]