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Anti-gay adoption bill reintroduced

Springfield, IL — An anti-gay adoption bill that was defeated last year has been reintroduced in the Illinois General Assembly.

Republican Sen. Kirk Dillard has introduced a bill that would allow religious-based child welfare agencies to turn away same-sex spouses.

After Gov. Quinn signed civil unions into law two years ago, Catholic Charities that had long held state foster care contracts refused to place children with same-sex civil union spouses, and the state declined to renew the contracts.

Catholic Charities unsuccessfully sued the state for the contracts.

Conservative lawmakers have since introduced legislation exempting religious groups from the law, but past bills have failed.

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