Should the law allow a public funded foster care agency the right to refuse same-sex couples?
That’s the question put before the Supreme Court in the upcoming case of Fulton v. City of Philadelphia.
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Public Funded Philadelphia Agency Refuses Same-Sex Couple
Sometimes, people use religious beliefs as grounds for discriminating against same-sex couples. This is the case with a Philadelphia based Catholic Social Services agency.
According to Time.com, ‘Catholic Social Services won’t certify same-sex married couples because of religious principles, and it also doesn’t allow unmarried couples who live together to foster children under its program.’
It feels almost incredible that although the agency claims to support families, they refuse to place kids with loving couples simply because those couples don’t “fit” into their belief system.
Is CSS breaking the law?
What’s worse, is that CSS is basically breaking the law.
A ’30-year-old Supreme Court decision that does not allow for religious exemptions from laws that apply generally and neutrally to everyone’ especially is they are funded by the government.
Something similar happened with Bethany Christian Services.
The couple did all the research into the rules for becoming an adoptive family. In other words, they ticked all the right boxes. Yet BCS turned Megan Paszko and her wife down for being a same-sex couple.
According to Inquirer.com, Megan stated ‘The trainer approached us, and she was really nice, but she told us, ‘I just want to be upfront. This organization has never placed a child with a same-sex couple’.
Philadelphia recognizes same-sex marriage. They “legalized it in 2014, even before the federal ruling.
Furthermore, the state doesn’t allow any forms of discrimination upon gay couples. The agency sued the city. They believed their rights guaranteed in the First Amendment were violated.
Furthermore, they felt that the ‘ the nondiscrimination rule’ was unfair and a form of ‘religious hostility’.
Currey Cook is an attorney, leading the Lambda Legal’s Youth in Out-of-home Care Project. His stand on this subject was very clear, as the youth need support from all points of view.
“LGBT youth who have faced so much isolation, stigma, prejudice in the system are left wondering, ‘What’s going to happen if I come out, and I’m being served by parents or an agency that basically says trans parents, LGBT people, aren’t good parents?'”
Right now, the CSS contract has expired, but they’re doing whatever they can to renew it, as they count on the funding.
The case will be reviewed at the end of this year. We’ll keep you updated!
Zoë Harlen is a freelance blogger and writer. Her specialty areas range from weddings to outdoor adventures to developmental psychology. She loves collaborating on creative projects, researching new and fascinating topics, and a good cup of tea.