Gov. Pat Quinn is standing firm when it comes to the Illinois' new civil unions law.
State officials will not renew adoption and foster care contracts with Catholic Charities because the agencies refuse to comply with the civil unions law.
The new law gives gay couples the same rights as married couples.
The Catholic agencies oppose the law, based on religious beliefs.
"We have a law in Illinois and that is the law," Quinn said Monday. "We have other entities that are involved in foster care that are willing to assume that duty and that opportunity."
The decision affects four Catholic Charities agencies in Peoria, Joliet, Springfield and Belleville.