SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The state of Illinois' child-welfare agency says it's deferring comment about a Catholic not-for-profit agency's plans to appeal a judge's ruling that the state can stop working with the group on adoptions and foster-care placements.
As an attorney for Catholic Charities, Peter Breen says the group will ask for a stay of Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Schmidt's Aug. 18 ruling. The ruling sides with the state, which severed work with Catholic Charities after the agency refused to recognize Illinois' civil union law. Breen says the charity will ask the judge to reconsider.
The judge ruled no one has a legal right to a state government contract.
A spokesman for the state Department of Children and Family Services said he had no comment about Catholic Charities' appellate plans.