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Catholic Charities ends Illinois adoption lawsuit

Catholic Charities ends Illinois adoption lawsuit

The legal battle between Catholic Charities and the state of Illinois over the organization’s state-funded adoption and foster care contracts, and their refusal to grant those services to same-sex couples in civil unions, is finally over. The dioceses of Joliet, Springfield, and Belleville released a statement saying they were withdrawing their lawsuit with “reluctance.” Illinois…

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Comprehensive new study on LGBT families: All Children Matter

Comprehensive new study on LGBT families: All Children Matter

A comprehensive and important new study has just been released about LGBT families. All Children Matter: How Legal and Social Inequalities Hurt LGBT Families brings together a coalition of LGBT leaders, policy experts and child advocates that includes the Movement Advancement Project, the Family Equality Council, the Center for American Progress, the National Association of…

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Catholic Charities denied stay in Illinois adoption contract case

Catholic Charities denied stay in Illinois adoption contract case

The ongoing legal battle between Catholic Charities and the state of Illinois over the organization’s state-funded contracts, and their refusal to grant adoption and foster care services to same-sex couples in civil unions, continues with the church losing another round. Circuit Judge John Schmidt, who ruled earlier that the state does not have to renew…

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Catholic Charities to appeal Illinois adoption ruling

Catholic Charities to appeal Illinois adoption ruling

A lawyer representing Catholic Charities in Illinois has now said they will appeal a circuit judge’s recent decision saying that the state was not required to continue contracting adoption and foster services with the religious organization in four different dioceses: Peter Breen said the group will ask for a stay of Sangamon County, Ill., Circuit…

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Judge: Illinois can drop Catholic Charities over discrimination

Judge: Illinois can drop Catholic Charities over discrimination

A judge in Sangamon County, Illinois has ruled that the state does not have to renew its foster and adoption contracts with Catholic Charities. Illinois ended the over $30 million dollars in annual contracts last month after Catholic Charities said it would refuse to follow the newly passed civil unions law and offer its tax-payer…

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Child welfare groups join case against Illinois Catholic Charities

Child welfare groups join case against Illinois Catholic Charities

More news from the ever-evolving case of Catholic Charities versus the state of Illinois over the newly passed civil unions law. Lambda Legal, the national legal organization committed to the civil rights of LGBT people, has filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of several child welfare organizations including the Evan B. Donaldson Institute, the National…

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Illinois Catholic Church's 'moral authority': Abuse victim gets .3 million

Illinois Catholic Church’s ‘moral authority’: Abuse victim gets $6.3 million

The Catholic Church in Illinois just can’t keep out of the news lately… And none of it is good. The Diocese of Belleville has finally paid the jury-awarded judgement to a man who was sexually abused as a child by a priest for over five years at St. Theresa’s Parish in Salem, Illinois. The payment…

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Cool new interactive map of state LGBT rights

Cool new interactive map of state LGBT rights

The Movement Advancement Project has added an extremely informative interactive map for a state’s LGBT rights info: MAP’s Equality Maps provide quick and easy summaries of laws that affect LGBT Americans on a state-by-state and issue-by-issue basis. The maps present information on laws in areas from employment discrimination and relationship recognition to hate crimes protections…

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Judge halts Illinois from ending Catholic Charities adoption contracts... for now.

Judge halts Illinois from ending Catholic Charities adoption contracts… for now.

Illinois has decided to end its involvement and financial contracts for Catholic Charities’ adoption and foster services in the wake of the religious organization’s refusal to follow the state’s new civil unions law and existing anti-discrimination policies. A judge has, however, temporarily reinstated contracts between the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and Catholic…

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Catholic Charities lawsuit seeks to use tax dollars to discriminate

Catholic Charities lawsuit seeks to use tax dollars to discriminate

Catholic Charities in Illinois continues to make news in the wake of the state’s passage of the Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act, which granted Illinois’ same-sex couples some state-level relationship recognition. They already made good on their threat to pull out of foster and adoption services in three diocese so far over the…

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