On November 4, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia.
This case is a challenge to the City of Philadelphia’s decision to bar Catholic Social Services from providing foster care placement services unless it places foster children with same-sex couples. According to WORLD, “Catholic Social Services has placed foster children in Philadelphia for more than 200 years. But the city barred the agency from participating in its foster care program after officials discovered it referred same-sex couples to other organizations. Officials told Catholic Social Services it either had to change its practice or close down.” Lower courts have ruled in favor of the City despite the fact that there is no evidence that a same-sex couple has ever been rejected by Catholic Social Services and despite the fact that—according to Ryan Anderson—29 out of Philadelphia’s 30 foster care agencies place children in same-sex households.
During oral arguments, Justice Samuel Alito got to the heart of the matter. He said, “‘If we are honest about what’s really going on here, it’s not about ensuring that same-sex couples in Philadelphia have the opportunity to be foster parents. It’s the fact the City can’t stand the message that Catholic Social Services and the Archdiocese are sending by continuing to adhere to the old-fashioned view about marriage.’”
Friends, let’s pray that the other justices of the Court see the wisdom of Justice Alito’s words and vote to uphold the First Amendment rights of Catholic Social Services. The freedoms of Christian charities across the nation are at stake.