Philly Defends LGBT Protections In Foster Care At High Court – Law360

Law360 (August 14, 2020, 5:35 PM EDT) — Philadelphia has told the U.S. Supreme Court that the city’s decision to stop working with a Catholic social services agency that refused to place foster children with same-sex families did not run afoul of the group’s right to free religious exercise.

The city argued in a brief Thursday that a local anti-discrimination law incorporated into its now-voided contract with Catholic Social Services was not aimed at preventing free exercise of religious beliefs, but was intended to prevent anyone — religious entity or otherwise — from engaging in discriminatory conduct.

“The non-discrimination requirement is neutral,” the city said. “Its text and operation…

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