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State of Illinois Can Discriminate Against Catholic Charities

Catholic Vote Action 19 August 2011 No Comment

A judge ruled yesterday that the State of Illinois can cancel its contracts with various Catholic Charities agencies in Illinois, despite his previous decision to halt that cancellation.

In his ruling, available at the Thomas More Society website, the judge did not rule on the Dioceses’ claims of religious discrimination, but instead declared, in only about two pages, that the plaintiffs are not entitled to contract with the state.

The judge seems to have missed the point, possibly in trying to find an “easy” way to resolve this case. It is illegal for Illinois to discriminate against Catholic Charities on the basis of their religious practices about marriage, regardless of whether they have an independent “property right” in contracts.  Once the state decides to contract with agencies, it can’t religiously discriminate, and it is not excused in doing so on the theory that no one has an absolute entitlement to a contract.

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