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Supreme Court rules in favor of religious liberty in same-sex adoption case

June 17, 2021

Back in 2018 the city of Philadelphia informed the Catholic Social Services they would not be allowed to take in any more foster children unless the organization agreed to allow children to be adopted by same-sex couples. Needless to say the Catholic organization refused and initiated a lawsuit which culminated today with the schizophrenic Supreme Court siding on the side of religious liberty. Here is more:

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) on Thursday unanimously overturned a lower court ruling regarding the City of Philadelphia barring foster children from being placed with the Catholic Social Services due to its unwillingness to endorse same-sex couples.

In a 9-0 judgment, SCOTUS held that the City of Philadelphia’s refusal to contract with Catholic Social Services (CSS) for the provision of foster care services unless the agency agrees to certify same-sex couples as foster parents violates the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. It came about after Philadelphia stopped foster children from being placed with the Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on the basis of its beliefs and practices on traditional marriage.

“Philadelphia took this extraordinary action not in response to any legal violation, nor in response to any complaint it received, but because of CSS’s religious beliefs and practices regarding marriage, which City officials read about in the local paper,” the petitioner’s brief reads, noting the Third Circuit ruled in favor of Philadelphia, considering the city’s actions “neutral.”

“The City will renew its foster care contract with CSS only if the agency agrees to certify same-sex couples. The question presented is whether the actions of Philadelphia violate the First Amendment,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion, in which he ultimately determined the city’s action did so.

The city’s actions, he wrote, “burdened CSS’s religious exercise by putting it to the choice of curtailing its mission or approving relationships inconsistent with its beliefs,” noting the city’s dissent of that opinion.

This decision should never have been in doubt however it is surprising to me that the Supreme Court decision was unanimous. That really must irk the left because this is the third such unanimous decision in recent days including the decision on creating an immigration loophole and the decision on warrantless gun seizures, so they cannot claim the court has been radicalized by Donald Trump.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 17, 2021 7:12 pm

    I am wondering if that is not as well sending a message that the court is so divided.. quite a story.. Actually the court ruled against Obama 9-0 in about 27 or so cases as I recall. A post I did several years ago.

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  2. Dr. Jeff permalink
    June 17, 2021 9:32 pm

    Thank God we still have a functional Supreme Court.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. peter3nj permalink
    June 17, 2021 10:04 pm

    One for the good guys.

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