Supreme Court sides with Catholic foster care over LGBTQ

 The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday with a Catholic foster care agency, saying its religious views prevent it from working with same-sex couples.

The city of “Philadelphia wrongly limited its relationship with the group as a result of the agency’s policy,” as argued by the court.

According to the ruling, it was specific to the facts of the case. The ruling did not, however, address the bigger questions “about how to balance religious freedom and anti-discrimination laws,” according to Yahoo News.

“Instead, the outcome turned on the language in the city’s foster care contract. Three conservative justices would have gone much further, and LGBTQ groups said they were relieved that the decision was limited,” according to the Yahoo News column.


Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for a majority of the court that Catholic Social Services “seeks only an accommodation that will allow it to continue serving the children of Philadelphia in a manner consistent with its religious beliefs; it does not seek to impose those beliefs on anyone else.”

Roberts concluded that Philadelphia’s refusal to “contract with CSS for the provision of foster care services unless it agrees to certify same-sex couples as foster parents … violates the First Amendment.”

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