The U.S. 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.

The religious rights case, over faith-based adoptions and same-sex couples, was heard by the US Supreme Court and the decision was unanimous in favor of Catholic Social Services, which won’t have to violate its religious beliefs about sexuality.

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Since 2018,  the City of Philadelphia has been threatening to shut down Catholic Social Services unless it agreed to violate its sincere beliefs. According to CBN News, Catholic Social Services has partnered with the city for over 50 years in placing foster children with families. Last year, the city threatened to close the agency because it disagreed with the agency’s biblical belief that marriage is between one man and one woman — even though not one LGBTQ couple had applied with the agency.

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Calling it a violation of the First Amendment, 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.”

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