SCOTUS Rules Unanimously in LGBTQ+ Rights Case
On June 17, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Philadelphia Catholic Social Services in the LGBTQ+ rights case of Fulton v. The City of Philadelphia—the case that considered whether taxpayer-funded, private foster care agencies can discriminate against prospective LGBTQ+ foster and adoptive parents. The unanimous decision declared that the private Catholic agency was entitled to renewal of its contract with the City of Philadelphia for screening foster parents, despite the agency’s violation of the city’s discrimination law by refusing to consider married LGBTQ+ couples.
While controversial, the court said that the city acted in “good faith” in its effort to enforce its laws against discrimination.
The historic decision may have “profound consequences” for the more than 400,000 children in foster care across the country, reported ACLU lawyers involved in the LGBTQ+ rights case.
As an agency dedicated to advocacy, inclusion and support of our nation’s most marginalized communities – including LGBTQ+ children and families – we stand firm against all types of discrimination against children, youth and families. We will continue to work as allies for LGBTQ+ children, youth and families in order to service the entire triad through our core values of conviction, dignity, respect and honesty.
Read more about the history of this case here.