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Philadelphia Bans Catholic Social Services from Providing Foster Care, Supreme Court to Hear Appeal

Posted on February 25th, 2020
by Rebecca A. Young

On February 24, 2020, the Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal by a Catholic social services agency from the decision of the City of Philadelphia to stop allowing the agency to provide foster care to city residents.

Catholic Social Services does not accept same-sex couples to act as foster families.

The City says that the practice violates its non-discrimination policies.  CSS says the policy constitutes religious discrimination.  The case will address the legal standards to be applied to First Amendment religious freedom issues, including how to determine whether a law is “neutral” or “generally applicable” even when it places a burden on religious beliefs or practices.

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