Illinois religious groups ask court for clarification -

Illinois religious groups ask court for clarification

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Catholic Charities units across Illinois are asking a Springfield judge to clarify whether the state can stop referring new foster care cases to them.

Dioceses in Springfield, Peoria and Joliet filed an emergency motion Friday seeking clarification of an order that was issued Tuesday.

The state has sought to immediately end contracts with Catholic Charities because the not-for-profit agency refused to recognize the state's new civil union law. A Sangamon County judge ruled Tuesday the abrupt termination of the contracts could affect foster kids' well-being, and he put the move on hold.

The state said a day later that it wouldn't cut off funding to Catholic Charities but would halt referring them new foster care cases.

DCFS spokesman Kendall Marlowe declined to comment on the motion.

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