To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE


SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

Big Faith Victory: Supreme Court Rules 9-0 for Catholic Social Services, Can't Be Forced to Violate Their Beliefs

News Staff : Jun 17, 2021  CBN News

"The refusal of Philadelphia to contract with CSS for the provision of foster care services unless it agrees to certify same-sex couples as foster parents cannot survive strict scrutiny, and violates the First Amendment." -Chief Justice John Roberts

[CBN News] The US Supreme Court has ruled that Philadelphia was wrong to reject Catholic Social Services because the group said it wouldn't violate its religious beliefs about sexuality. (Screengrab image)

The city had limited ties with the Catholic agency which had declined to place children with same-sex couples.

The court has ruled in the case, Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, "The refusal of Philadelphia to contract with CSS for the provision of foster care services unless CSS agrees to certify same-sex couples as foster parents violates the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment."

"The City's actions burdened CSS' religious exercise by forcing it either to curtail its mission or to certify same-sex couples as foster parents in violation of its religious beliefs," the high court ruled.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, "The refusal of Philadelphia to contract with CSS for the provision of foster care services unless it agrees to certify same-sex couples as foster parents cannot survive strict scrutiny, and violates the First Amendment."

The city of Philadelphia created an issue where there wasn't one because Catholic Social Services says no same-sex couples ever asked to work with them. CSS says if that did happen they would refer the couple to another group. Due to its Biblical beliefs, the Catholic agency also does not certify unmarried couples.

First Liberty Institute's President and Chief Counsel Kelly Shackelford said, "Punishing religious organizations for acting consistently with their sincerely held religious beliefs is wrong. The Court ensured that religious adoption providers can continue their centuries-old work serving families and children without suffering government discrimination because they believe that the best home for a child includes a mother and father. This is a tremendous victory for religious liberty."

The Christian Alliance for Orphans is also applauding the ruling. "This Fulton ruling means that people of diverse convictions can still serve side by side for the good of vulnerable children in our communities," said President Jedd Medefind in a statement. "Even in very difficult issues, we can find solutions that work for all. That means more welcoming homes for the 400,000+ children in foster care."

The Christian Alliance for Orphans is a coalition of 190 Christian organizations and over 650 churches, helping Christians to live out the Bible's call to care for orphans and vulnerable children. Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

Click here to read the Supreme Court ruling.







SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE

Other Recent Articles from Breaking Christian News

Church Gets Big Court Win in Lawsuit over Forced Abortion Coverage

Arizona Senate Issues New Subpoenas for Maricopa County Routers

House Investigation of January 6th to Begin as Pelosi Denies GOP Members and Picks Anti-Trump Allies

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Says 'Voluntary Phase' of Vaccination 'Is Over'

Biden's DOJ Won't Investigate COVID Orders (Including Cuomo's) That 'May Have Resulted in Deaths of Thousands of Elderly Nursing Home Residents'

US Gymnast Simone Biles Pulls Out of Team Finals; Russia Takes Gold, US Silver

Japanese Christian Groups Call for 1 Million Hours of Prayer during Tokyo Olympics

Bodycam Shows Deputy Giving Own Brand-New Boots to Young Serviceman Stranded on Road With No Shoes

Anne Graham Lotz Asks for Prayer for Her Son in ICU Battling COVID

Minnesota Fourth-graders Told to Hide 'Equity Survey' Questions from Parents

Senate Committee Passes Bill That Would Force Women to Register for Draft

Chaos in Portland, Oregon: Antifa Member Convicted of Assault as Attacks on Churches, Police Escalate

Chinese Authorities Raid Online Church Service, Force Pastors to Stop Preaching

Unique Red Dye Begins to be Manufactured for Third Temple

Friday's Olympic Opening Ceremony Honored Israeli Victims of 1972 Massacre for First Time

US Olympian Vincent Hancock Wins 3rd Gold; Here's How His Faith in Christ Keeps Him Grounded

'Wonderfully, Crazy Movement of Prayer': Thousands Gathering at 'Heart of America' to Pray for the Nation

White House Backpedals after Getting Caught Pushing Critical Race Theory, Claims Curriculum Left to Schools

Appeals Court Strikes Down Part of CA Law That Forced Nursing Homes to Use Trans Pronouns

Mississippi Files Brief Calling on Supreme Court to Overturn Roe v. Wade: 'Nothing in Constitutional Text, Structure, History, or Tradition Supports a Right to Abortion'



Search the Articles Archives

Keyword:  
Author:  
Words Posted On:  
Day Month Year



BCN Plus

An BCN Paid Advertisement
An BCN Paid Advertisement
An BCN Paid Advertisement
An BCN Paid Advertisement
Follow BCN on Twitter
Are You Praying for Our Government Leaders?
BCN Staff

Steve Shultz
Steve Shultz, Managing Editor
Founder and Owner


Aimee Herd
Aimee Herd, Editor


BCN Plus
Are You Praying for President Trump?
 
 

All articles on this site and emails from BCN are copyrighted property of Breaking Christian News. Permission is given to link to, or share a BCN story if proper attribution is given to both the original writer and summarizer of the story. Breaking Christian News 2005-2019. All Rights Reserved.


Breaking Christian News is a division of Elijah List Publications, Inc. All Rights Reserved


Disclaimer: Articles and links, as well as the source articles linked to; do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Breaking Christian News.

editor@breakingchristiannews.com