Federal Court rules major city CAN discriminate against Christian agency over traditional marriage beliefs!

A federal court has sided with the city of Philadelphia after they chose to terminate contracts with a Catholic foster care agency because of their views on marriage.

The city, after a cry for help in dealing with its massive foster care problem, refused to allow Catholic Social Services to place children with families because they refused to place them with gay couples. Philadelphia then terminated their contract with the Christian group, putting at risk children who are in foster homes affiliated with the agency. Foster families associated with Catholic Social Services then sued.



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FREE BEACON – In Sharonell Fulton, et al. v. City of Philadelphia, the court upheld a city policy that prevents Catholic Social Services from finding families for foster children, according to a press release from Becket Law.

In 2018, the city of Philadelphia made an urgent call for more foster parents to help the “nearly 6,000 children and youth” in foster care in the city. Despite being a top-ranked foster agency, Catholic Social Services was not allowed to place more children with families.

A week after making the call for more foster parents, Philadelphia stopped referring children to Catholic Social Services and then threatened to terminate its contract with the organization if it did not give up its religious beliefs about marriage. Becket notes that no family had ever filed a complaint with Catholic Social Services on account of its Catholic mission, and no child had ever been unable to find a home because of the organization’s beliefs.

Despite the foster care crisis in the city, many families licensed through Catholic Social Services are unable to take in children because of the city’s decision. Furthermore, if the contract is terminated, children already placed with families could be at risk and their foster families could lose needed support.

Sharonell Fulton and other foster parents licensed through Catholic Social Services took the city to court.

The Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously on Monday that the city could exclude Catholic Social Services from its foster placement program because the organization would not work with same-sex couples.

Circuit Judge Thomas Ambro said the city was trying to stop what it believed to be a “clear violation” of a city anti-discrimination law.

“The question in our case is … whether CSS was treated differently because of its religious beliefs,” Ambro wrote. “Based on the record before us, that question has a clear answer: no.”

What a ridiculous ruling by Ambro, a Clinton appointee.

The beliefs of Catholic Social Services are not what has changed. Rather it’s the city adopting an unconstitutional anti-discrimination policy and then using that to punish Catholic Social Services because they disagree with CSS’s religious beliefs on marriage.

It’s blatant religious discrimination by the city of Philadelphia, which is unfortunate for many reasons, but especially for the children who have to suffer because CSS isn’t allowed to place them in families.

The attorneys at Becket Law intend to continue fighting this ruling.

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104 thoughts on “Federal Court rules major city CAN discriminate against Christian agency over traditional marriage beliefs!

  1. This ruling saddens me but doesn’t surprise me.

    When then Justice Kennedy bastardized both the 1st and 14th Amendments to (incorrectly) conclude that gay marriage was a “Right” (by concluding that the 14th Amendment somehow trumps the 1st Amendment) he GUARANTEED the erosion of Religious Liberties.

    It should also be noted that then Speaker John Boehner KNEW that gay marriage was a hot-button issue, but rather than drafting a law that guaranteed “Civil Unions” would have the SAME federal protections as “Traditional Marriage” and sending it to Obama’s desk who would likely SUPPORT IT, he instead chose to do nothing which led to challenge and subsequent (destructive) decision by the Supreme Court led by Kennedy.

  2. Yes, keep on fighting and take it on up the line. The Supreme Court has basically ruled on this but I guess Philadelphia just likes wasting taxpayer money. Gotta make those virtue signals and monetary sacrifices to the god of “The Narrative” doncha know?! This is discrimination pure and simple and an evil way to get innocent children into the hands of people who have a track record of abuse. The sexually perverse are a very tiny segment of the population and the few that get “married” is an even smaller segment yet the city of Philadelphia is pandering to this tiny segment at the expense of Catholics and children. This is definitely the tail trying to wag the dog. The point of foster care is to do what is BEST FOR THE CHILDREN not cater to a bunch of people who want to change the whole world because they don’t like reality.

  3. Governments whether they be local, county, state or federal have no money but what it confiscates from the people. The founders never intended the government to have this much power. Bureaucrats give it to themselves and we have let them just take it. This is a violation of the First Amendment.

  4. Sure, forget about the kids who need good homes. Discriminate because gays won’t get placements from the Catholics. This is how twisted the Left is. The kids are completely forgotten. But, by all means, punish the Catholics for their beliefs on marriage. Geez Louise, it’s insanity!

  5. I was wondering if it was an Obama judge – but it was a Clinton judge.

    Senate needs to move even faster on judges, will likely be the only lasting legacy of Trump admin.

    1. @tracy Sadly, the judiciary branch of government is tyrannical and doesn’t care about the constitutionality of their rulings. It’s all about leftist agenda. The children are just collateral damage.

  6. Stupid is as stupid does. Wait until they can’t find homes for these kids or until they’re abused where they do put them. It will happen……..

    1. @sjmom Sadly, they don’t care. The children are just pawns in their politically correct, holier-than-thou opinions/beliefs.

      1. The story about the actress’ 4 yr old adopted son turned transgender is a great example of how the leftists sacrifice their children to the ideological god of progress.

  7. Too many years of Republicans buying, fearing, and ultimately re-selling the notion that we should craft policy around less than 3% of the population, and against the other 97%.

    1. @K-Bob Unfortunately, a lot of people have been cowed into not standing up for their rights through political correctness. They just don’t seem to be able to grasp the concept that they are on the list, too. When their turn comes up, it’ll be too late.

    2. Well, 3% + the 47% who support them, + the 45% who vote binary and end up with weak candidates who don’t represent them and who won’t challenge them.

      It’s what we ask for when we vote compromise instead of principle.

    3. Too many years of letting a church function, taking care of widows and orphans, in love, as Jesus commanded, be turned over to an uncaring, scheming, tax-funded arm of the government so these poor kids can be used as a weapon against Christians and traditional Western values.

  8. It’s truly depressing that CSS and other persecuted entities have no other recourse than to sue – especially when pitted against a large (Godless) city. Once again, Leftists and heathens prove they don’t care about the children. This is evil and it MUST be stopped!!!

  9. 1) Why is a city (or any government) in charge of a foster program? This has been a church function for about a thousand years.

    2) Traditional marriage is a religious belief. Exclusion from participation based on this value is religious discrimination. The judge(s) who made this ruling should be disbarred.

    3) If there is one foster certification agency that takes the homos then CSS need not. The homos can go to the other agency.

  10. This ruling saddens me but doesn’t surprise me.

    When then Justice Kennedy bastardized both the 1st and 14th Amendments to (incorrectly) conclude that gay marriage was a “Right” (by concluding that the 14th Amendment somehow trumps the 1st Amendment) he GUARANTEED the erosion of Religious Liberties.

    It should also be noted that then Speaker John Boehner KNEW that gay marriage was a hot-button issue, but rather than drafting a law that guaranteed “Civil Unions” would have the SAME federal protections as “Traditional Marriage” and sending it to Obama’s desk who would likely SUPPORT IT, he instead chose to do nothing which led to challenge and subsequent (destructive) decision by the Supreme Court led by Kennedy.

  11. 1) Why is a city (or any government) in charge of a foster program? This has been a church function for about a thousand years.

    2) Traditional marriage is a religious belief. Exclusion from participation based on this value is religious discrimination. The judge(s) who made this ruling should be disbarred.

    3) If there is one foster certification agency that takes the homos then CSS need not. The homos can go to the other agency.

  12. Their agenda is more important than the lives of the children. That’s liberalism for you. Individuals do not matter, only causes.

  13. If a gay couple wants to foster kids, they can get licensed by other groups. BTW, how many gay couples want to foster kids? Who is going to deal with the workload the Catholic group did? Are other religious organizations also not working with gay couples?

  14. Their agenda is more important than the lives of the children. That’s liberalism for you. Individuals do not matter, only causes.

  15. If a gay couple wants to foster kids, they can get licensed by other groups. BTW, how many gay couples want to foster kids? Who is going to deal with the workload the Catholic group did? Are other religious organizations also not working with gay couples?

  16. Yes, keep on fighting and take it on up the line. The Supreme Court has basically ruled on this but I guess Philadelphia just likes wasting taxpayer money. Gotta make those virtue signals and monetary sacrifices to the god of “The Narrative” doncha know?! This is discrimination pure and simple and an evil way to get innocent children into the hands of people who have a track record of abuse. The sexually perverse are a very tiny segment of the population and the few that get “married” is an even smaller segment yet the city of Philadelphia is pandering to this tiny segment at the expense of Catholics and children. This is definitely the tail trying to wag the dog. The point of foster care is to do what is BEST FOR THE CHILDREN not cater to a bunch of people who want to change the whole world because they don’t like reality.

  17. Governments whether they be local, county, state or federal have no money but what it confiscates from the people. The founders never intended the government to have this much power. Bureaucrats give it to themselves and we have let them just take it. This is a violation of the First Amendment.

  18. Yet the government can’t cut ties with liberal organizations because of their liberal views and actions (namely abortion).

  19. Remember when “homosexual marriage” was about hospital visitation rights? We warned you.

  20. Sure, forget about the kids who need good homes. Discriminate because gays won’t get placements from the Catholics. This is how twisted the Left is. The kids are completely forgotten. But, by all means, punish the Catholics for their beliefs on marriage. Geez Louise, it’s insanity!

  21. I see an ad here for all gay cruises. Must be linked to key words in the post. Maybe not the best advertising algorithm…

      1. I had a feeling that someone might suggest that my own search history had something to do with it. I thought it would be Doc.

  22. We watch in horror over how Christians are being eliminated and or shut down all over the world…and then there is us…where is the outrage…

  23. And these are the sub humans that Prison Reform has left much of the decisions up to..
    Judges are to use their discretion when sentencing. It’s going to go over well!….

  24. I think it’s long past time for the Church to start calling on the “self-proclaimed” Catholic politicians such as, Nazi Pelosi, Joe Biden etc., to ACT their Faith rather than giving lip service.

    1. Lots of compromised and sympathetic bishops, as we already know. You will know them by what they do.

  25. Well I hope they’re happy. Spiting a bunch of kids just to please a bunch of perpetual malcontents sounds like a winning formula.

    1. I don’t know what the case is here, but in Massachusetts, the state wouldn’t place any children with Catholic Charities adoption agencies because CC refused to adopt children out to sodomite couples. CC adoption agencies had to close their doors.

    2. The Catholic Church has been running orphanages for over 1,000 years. The mistake was letting a government agency take over.

  26. The city is trying to appease the anarchists. Everything was fine until somebody realized what was happening.
    Just like multiple other situations of this nature. Gay couples have other choices and service providers. They just want to force Christians to compromise their morals or be forced out of business.

  27. It’s truly depressing that CSS and other persecuted entities have no other recourse than to sue – especially when pitted against a large (Godless) city. Once again, Leftists and heathens prove they don’t care about the children. This is evil and it MUST be stopped!!!

  28. Too many years of Republicans buying, fearing, and ultimately re-selling the notion that we should craft policy around less than 3% of the population, and against the other 97%.

    1. @K-Bob Unfortunately, a lot of people have been cowed into not standing up for their rights through political correctness. They just don’t seem to be able to grasp the concept that they are on the list, too. When their turn comes up, it’ll be too late.

    2. Well, 3% + the 47% who support them, + the 45% who vote binary and end up with weak candidates who don’t represent them and who won’t challenge them.

      It’s what we ask for when we vote compromise instead of principle.

    3. Too many years of letting a church function, taking care of widows and orphans, in love, as Jesus commanded, be turned over to an uncaring, scheming, tax-funded arm of the government so these poor kids can be used as a weapon against Christians and traditional Western values.

  29. So you can have your opinion/belief and force it on me, but I can’t have my own opinion and not force it on you! Makes perfect sense to me. This does not bode well for the unfortunate children being negatively affected by their stupid unconstitutional ruling. God is not present there, which can only mean one thing. Praying for those poor children. :praying:

    1. So you can have your opinion/belief and force it on me, but I can’t have my own opinion and not force it on you!

      Exactly, Rae. “Don’t shove your beliefs down my throat,” they cry out as they are shoving their beliefs down everyone else’s throat. It’s rank hypocrisy and not at all surprising coming from The Sinister.

  30. Of course they did. What better way to destroy our youth than to destroy their natural sense of what is acceptable and what isn’t, their moral compass by telling them two men /two women make a couple, and putting them with people who are going to totally pervert any modicum of common sense these kids have. Not only should this not happen, the city should be sued for child abuse.

  31. Stupid is as stupid does. Wait until they can’t find homes for these kids or until they’re abused where they do put them. It will happen……..

    1. @sjmom Sadly, they don’t care. The children are just pawns in their politically correct, holier-than-thou opinions/beliefs.

      1. The story about the actress’ 4 yr old adopted son turned transgender is a great example of how the leftists sacrifice their children to the ideological god of progress.

  32. I was wondering if it was an Obama judge – but it was a Clinton judge.

    Senate needs to move even faster on judges, will likely be the only lasting legacy of Trump admin.

    1. @tracy Sadly, the judiciary branch of government is tyrannical and doesn’t care about the constitutionality of their rulings. It’s all about leftist agenda. The children are just collateral damage.

  33. Yet the government can’t cut ties with liberal organizations because of their liberal views and actions (namely abortion).

  34. Remember when “homosexual marriage” was about hospital visitation rights? We warned you.

  35. I see an ad here for all gay cruises. Must be linked to key words in the post. Maybe not the best advertising algorithm…

  36. We watch in horror over how Christians are being eliminated and or shut down all over the world…and then there is us…where is the outrage…

  37. And these are the sub humans that Prison Reform has left much of the decisions up to..
    Judges are to use their discretion when sentencing. It’s going to go over well!….

  38. I think it’s long past time for the Church to start calling on the “self-proclaimed” Catholic politicians such as, Nazi Pelosi, Joe Biden etc., to ACT their Faith rather than giving lip service.

    1. Lots of compromised and sympathetic bishops, as we already know. You will know them by what they do.

  39. Well I hope they’re happy. Spiting a bunch of kids just to please a bunch of perpetual malcontents sounds like a winning formula.

    1. The Catholic Church has been running orphanages for over 1,000 years. The mistake was letting a government agency take over.

    2. I don’t know what the case is here, but in Massachusetts, the state wouldn’t place any children with Catholic Charities adoption agencies because CC refused to adopt children out to sodomite couples. CC adoption agencies had to close their doors.

  40. The city is trying to appease the anarchists. Everything was fine until somebody realized what was happening.
    Just like multiple other situations of this nature. Gay couples have other choices and service providers. They just want to force Christians to compromise their morals or be forced out of business.

  41. So you can have your opinion/belief and force it on me, but I can’t have my own opinion and not force it on you! Makes perfect sense to me. This does not bode well for the unfortunate children being negatively affected by their stupid unconstitutional ruling. God is not present there, which can only mean one thing. Praying for those poor children. :praying:

    1. So you can have your opinion/belief and force it on me, but I can’t have my own opinion and not force it on you!

      Exactly, Rae. “Don’t shove your beliefs down my throat,” they cry out as they are shoving their beliefs down everyone else’s throat. It’s rank hypocrisy and not at all surprising coming from The Sinister.

  42. Of course they did. What better way to destroy our youth than to destroy their natural sense of what is acceptable and what isn’t, their moral compass by telling them two men /two women make a couple, and putting them with people who are going to totally pervert any modicum of common sense these kids have. Not only should this not happen, the city should be sued for child abuse.

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