Joliet Among Three Catholic Dioceses Suing State Over Civil Union Adoption
Group seeks to maintain policy of referring civil union couples to other child welfare agencies.
According to a Chicago Tribune report, lawyers for Catholic Charities in the dioceses of Springfield, Peoria and Joliet are seeking an emergency injunction that would protect religious agencies who turn away unmarried couples who want to become foster parents—including couples in civil unions.
The group filed the petition today in a Sangamon County Circuit Court, the report says.
In June, Illinois began allowing same-sex couples to acquire marriage licenses.
The charities, according to the report, asks the court to declare that they are legally justified to preserve their current policy of exclusively granting licenses to married couples and single, non-cohabiting individuals and referring civil union couples to other child welfare agencies.