Philadelphia, like most cities, has a foster child program. They use private services to place kids with foster parents. In 2018, they barred Catholic Social Services (CSS) from fostering, because they won’t let any same-sex couples foster kids through them.
CSS was all like, “Bless you my son, but I believe this is a violation of the first amendment. Amen.”
But the City of Philadelphia was like, “Thanks for the blessings, but respectfully, go fuck yourself. You’re anti-gay bullshit doesn’t fly with us. We don’t care about your religion. It’s your anti-gay bullshit we object to. Even the pope has come around you dumb fucks.”
Justice Breyer queried,
Stephen G. Breyer
Well, you don’t have to say, according to them, whether the couple is married, whether it’s not married, whether it’s same-sex, whether it’s different sex.
You just put that to the side, make a note that you’re putting it to the side, and say, other than that, they’re okay or they’re not okay.
That’s all you have to do. Now what’s the problem? I still don’t quite see it.
You said in your response that you don’t want to do it, which I understand that you don’t.
But they say they’re imposing a requirement that does not interfere with your (religion), they can’t figure out how does it interfere. And now tell me once again what’s the problem.
His argument being, that they’re not forcing them to adhere to any religious objections, they are just asking them to ignore it.
So now SCOTUS must decide if Philly is denying the CSS their ability to practice their religion.
In a unanimous decision, SCOTUS sided with Fulton. This is a plain violation of the first amendment. Mostly because the law itself was neutral in text, it allowed for the commissioner to discriminate. That’s a no-no.
Hear oral arguments and read about the case here.