In a major ruling, the Supreme Court has sided with a Catholic foster group in Philadelphia who refused to place children with same-sex couples and was therefore ‘punished’ by the city of Philadelphia, who refused to work with them:
BREAKING: The court rules in favor of a Catholic social services organization that sued Philadelphia after the city excluded it from a foster-care program due to the organization's refusal to certify same-sex couples as foster parents. https://t.co/OW0Qs6H3Lc
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 17, 2021
Unanimous Supreme Court ruling in favor of Catholic Social Services foster care agency! "The refusal of Philadelphia to contract with CSS unless CSS agrees to certify same-sex couples as foster parents violates the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment."
— Ryan T. Anderson (@RyanTAnd) June 17, 2021
As you can see, the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that the refusal by the city to contract with Catholic Social Services, forcing on them a new non-discrimination requirement, violated their constitutionally guaranteed religious freedom and sent the case back down to a lower court to be re-decided.
This ruling therefore protects the right of Catholic Social Services to not place children with same-sex couples. What an epic ruling, one that I never would have predicted to be unanimous.
The full ruling is below, and it’s long because several justices wrote concurring opinions. Apparently because they all didn’t arrive at this ruling based on the same set of arguments.