State won't cut aid to religious agencies
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[July 14, 2011]
SPRINGFIELD (AP) -- The state of
Illinois will not cut off foster care funding to Catholic Social
Services of Southern Illinois or the Evangelical Child and Family
Agency, despite concerns both agencies discriminate against couples
in civil unions.
The decision by
the Department of Children and Family Services comes
a day after a Sangamon County judge ruled Illinois' attorney general
and DCFS could not immediately end contracts with Catholic Charities
in the dioceses of Springfield, Peoria and Joliet. The groups sued
to prevent the state from enforcing new anti-discrimination policies
that accommodate civil unions.
DCFS spokesman Kendall Marlowe said
Wednesday the agency would not deny funding to any of the agencies
until the case is resolved in court. However, state officials say
Catholic Charities can't take in new children for foster care.
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