US Supreme Court Opposes Gay Couple Forcing Foster Homes to Place Kids with Them
The Supreme Court of the United States of America (USA) battles the city of Philadelphia, which attempt to force the agency to place children in same-sex homes.
This apex court may this week take side with a Catholic foster care agency in a major religious liberty case involving Philadelphia.
In 2018, it was reported that Catholic Social Services allegedly has a policy of not placing children in same-sex homes. This made the city of Philadelphia to terminated foster care’s contract with the agency on the grounds that the Catholic policy violated a city law prohibiting contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation.
Catholic Social Services went to the court but the lower courts sided with the Philadelphia.
Oral arguments were heard the court last Wednesday, with conservative and liberal justices a asking tough questions of the attorney representing the city’s position.
It was alleged that the Catholic Social Services employees refer same-sex couples to other agencies that would accommodate them.
Justice Clarence Thomas disclosed to the city pf Philadelphia’s attorney, Neal Katyal, that by ending a contract with Catholic Social Services, the city was reducing the pool of eligible parents to foster.
Justice Thomas said: “Don’t you think it’s in the best interest of the child to also have a pool that is beneficial to the child? I don’t understand why that isn’t also in the best interest of the child?.
In a similar tone, Justice Samuel Alito told Katyal said the problem is that the city can’t stand the message that Catholic Social Services and the archdiocese are sending by continuing to adhere to the old-fashioned view about marriage.
Justice Brett Kavanaugh told Katyal said they need to find a balance that also respects religious beliefs.
She said further: ” …My fear here is that the absolutist and extreme position that you’re articulating would require us to go back on the promise of respect for religious believers”.
Justice Stephen Breyer, a member of the court’s liberal bloc, told Katyal that no family has ever been turned down by this agency. and that no gay family or no gay couple. has applied.
Justice Elana Kagan, another member of the liberal bloc, questioned if the city’s policy was neutral on religion.
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is representing Catholic Social Services and two foster moms who fostered children through the agency.
Lori Windham, a senior counsel at Becket said religious organizations should be free to serve the public, regardless of their beliefs. “The public square is big enough to accommodate everyone who wishes to do good – and that should be especially true when it comes to taking care of children in need”, concluded Becket.