58 workers are laid off after the Catholic Diocese of Rockford chooses to end all adoption and foster care services through catholic charities. It's in response to the Illinois legislature's failure to enact an amendment to the Illinois Religious Freedom and Civil Unions Act, that would allow them to refer gay and unmarried couples to other agencies. ...
Frank Vonch, director of Catholic Charities administration, explained the decision to fire the workers wasn't easy, but had to be done. "This morning I had the very heartbreaking task of informing staff that are affected by this over 58 employees in our foster care and adoption programs as well as associated programs their professional services were no longer necessary due to our closure," Vonch says.
Catholic Charities in the Rockford Diocese handles approximately 350 foster family and adoption cases in 11 counties in northern Illinois.
The Chicago Tribune adds: "In addition to Catholic Charities in five regions, Lutheran Child and Family Services and the Evangelical Child and Family Agency [also] have policies that exclude prospective parents who are not married. There is no word on whether Catholic Charities in Peoria, Joliet, Springfield or Belleville will make a decision similar to Rockford's."
In March 2010, Catholic Charities of Washington, D.C. announced it will no longer offer spousal benefits to ANY employees to avoid offering benefits to married same-sex partners.