Ever since Illinois legalized civil unions, Catholics Charities has been flipping out at the prospect of sending kids into the home of gay parents who want to adopt them. They were so freaked out by this, that they started to shut down in response. (A secular adoption agency offered to take in the children who would soon need a new home.)
Recently, a judge ruled in their favor, meaning they could provide services (at the cost of taxpayers) despite their bigotry, but that was only temporary.
Now, that ruling is permanent. Illinois no longer has to continue doing business with the bigots:
A Sangamon County judge ruled Thursday that the state can decline to renew its contracts with Catholic Charities in Illinois to provide publicly funded foster care and adoption services, meaning the process of transferring children to other social service agencies can proceed.
… lawyers for the Illinois attorney general said that exemption only shields religious clergy who don’t want to officiate at civil unions. The policy of Catholic Charities violates state anti-discrimination laws that demand couples in civil unions be treated the same as married couples, they said.
You can read the ruling here.
To be fair, the ruling focused on “whether the state violated the property rights of Catholic Charities when it declined to sign new contracts for the next fiscal year” — not the issue of religion — but it amounts to the same conclusion: Adoptive parents who are gay will not be discriminated against by the Catholics on the state’s dime.