Catholic Charities has asked an appellate court to stay a ruling that allows Illinois to sever its foster care and adoption contracts because the religious group refuses to work with same-sex couples.
The motion asks for a stay of a Sangamon County judge’s ruling in favor of Illinois.
At issue is Illinois’ new civil union law, which gives same-sex couples the same legal rights as straight couples in that state, including the right to be foster parents.
Illinois terminated its foster care contracts with Catholic Charities after the group refused to work with same-sex couples.
Then in August, Sangamon County Judge John Schmidt ruled that no one has a right to a state contract. In his ruling Schmid said, “No citizen has a recognized legal right to a contract with the government. The state may refuse to renew the plaintiffs’ contracts.”
However, Catholic Charities, and its operations in Belleville, Springfield and Joliet, still claim they have developed a property interest after 40 years of state contracts and therefor maintain they should be able to object to state action.
The contracts are worth more than $30 million.