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Court Rules State Must Maintain Contract With Catholic Charities

Is Governor Quinn playing a political game with Catholic Charities?  Peter Breen, Legal Counsel for the religious organization, says that's what a state judge has implied.

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Breen says a judge's decision to keep contracts in tact between Catholic Charities and the state gives him a bit of relief.  He says it proves just how important the work of Catholic Charities is.  Quinn's office sent letters to the religious group late last Friday letting them know their contracts had been terminated. Governor Quinn is not allowed to terminate the state's contract with Catholic Charities. Breen calls it a victory for the kids.

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The root of the issue lies in the fact that Catholic Charities doesn't want to issue foster care and adoption licenses to same sex couples.  A lawsuit is pending so yesterday's ruling is temporary.  An official hearing is scheduled for August 17th.

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