The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a case centering on whether or not LGBT activists can force Christian organizations to violate their faith.
Catholic Social Services sued the city of Philadelphia for banning the religious agency from its foster program for refusing to place children with same-sex couples.
The clash erupted after the Supreme Court established a legal right to same-sex marriage in 2015. Many critics warned at the time that the rights of Christians to exercise their faith would be threatened, despite the Supreme Court’s affirmation that the First Amendment protects the right object to same-sex marriage on religious grounds.
One year ago, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals endorsed the city’s policy, and now Catholic Social Services has appealed to the Supreme Court.
“As the city of Philadelphia attempts to shamelessly score political points, dozens of beds remain empty and children are suffering the consequences,” said Lori Windham, senior counsel for the non-profit Becket, which is defending Catholic Social Services.
“It’s time for the Supreme Court to weigh in and allow faith-based agencies to continue doing what they do best: giving vulnerable children loving homes,” she said.