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What the Supreme Court Ruling on Foster Care Means for LGBTQ+ Parents

Supreme Court ruling in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia was a narrowly worded one, based strictly on language in Philadelphia’s contract with a Catholic foster care agency, and does not establish a broad religious exemption from antidiscrimination laws.But the ruling, which held that Catholic Social Services can still work for the city even if it won’t certify same-sex couples as foster parents, points up the need to pass sweeping LGBTQ-inclusive antidiscrimination legislation, activists say.Philadelphia had ended its contract with Catholic Social Services because the agency’s policy against same-sex couples violated the city’s civil rights ordinance, which forbids discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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