08/17/2011 05:40 pm ET | Updated Oct 17, 2011

Judge Hears Arguments In Illinois Catholic Charities' Adoption, Foster Care Case

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy of the Windy City Times

A circuit court judge is weighing a claim by four Catholic charities that the state violated their religious rights by denying them separate contacts for placing foster care children.

The two sides faced off in crowded Sangamon County courtroom Aug. 17.

Charities in Peoria, Belleville, Springfield and Joliet claimed that The Department of Children and Family Services' decision not to renew contracts for Catholic charities that refuse to place children with civil union couples was illegal under religious freedom protections.

The charities argued that they have a right to continue foster care work without compromising religious practice.

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