Oral Argument Heard At Supreme Court On Key Religious Liberty Case
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in Philadelphia v. Fulton, a case involving the question of whether religious adoption providers can serve families in child placement services. Newly confirmed Justice Amy Coney Barrett, along with eight other justices, listened to arguments and occasionally pursued lines of questioning with lawyers from each side.
“The City of Philadephia is cutting off homes for the most vulnerable to spite families of faith and gain political points with pro-LGBT groups. This not only hurts faith-based organizations, but also jeopardizes protections put in place by state legislatures like Texas across the country. There is no compelling interest to hurt kids,” said Jonathan Saenz, attorney and president at Texas Values.
In 2017, the Texas Legislature passed legislation to protect the sincerely held religious beliefs of faith-based child welfare and adoption agencies. A ruling in Fulton could hold significant implications for that law, and for the ability of religious agencies to meet the needs of children and families.
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