Elsewhere online
May 27, 2011

Illinois Civil-Union Law Prompts Diocese to End Adoption Program

The Catholic diocese of Rockford, Ill., is closing its adoption service to avoid complying with a new state law that requires adoption organizations to place children with same-sex or unmarried couples, the Associated Press writes.

The diocese said it would end $7.5-million worth of state adoption and foster-care contracts after legislators rejected an amendment to exempt religious organizations from Illinois's civil-union law, which takes effect June 1.

State officials say secular organizations will be able to take over placement of the approximately 300 children in the Rockford Diocese's care.

Bob Gilligan, head of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, said the state's other four dioceses that provide adoption and foster services will decide in the days after the law takes effect whether to end their programs.