Catholic Charities will no longer provide adoption and foster care services in Illinois after a ending a court battle over the state's new civil unions law.
The dispute came about after the organization refused to allow unmarried couples to adopt or be foster care parents, but would refer them to other agencies.
The state had argued that the group's policy would discriminate against gay or straight couples in civil unions.
Attorney Peter Breen, with the Thomas More Society, talked about how the Illinois government ran "roughshod" over the faith-based charity, ignoring legislated provisions for religious liberites, on CBN News Channel Morning News, Nov. 17.
The charity said Monday it has stopped its legal battle with the state of Illinois. Catholic Charities had held contracts with the state for almost 40 years.
In a joint statement, diocese officials in Joliet, Springfield, and Belleville said the decision was reached "with great reluctance."
It became financially impossible for the remaining Roman Catholic agencies to continue and the courts had refused to grant a stay in the case, the officials said.
"Since we now need to close offices and terminate employees, further appeals would be moot," the dioceses said in a statement.
The charity cited its right to religious liberty and freedom of conscience in the case.
Gay rights advocates have called the decision to withdraw litigation a step forward.