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Supreme Court: Catholic Foster Care Agency Can't Be Banned

(Standing For Freedom Center) In a 9-0 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has sided with Catholic Social Services and its foster parents, who had been banned by the city of Philadelphia from caring for foster children on the basis of the agency’s religious beliefs about marriage and parenting, a decision that is being hailed as a major victory for the First Amendment as well as the nation’s foster children.

Sharonelle Fulton spent 25 years caring for foster children in Philadelphia. The children she brought into her modest home included those who had been severely burnt and needed round-the-clock care and children who arrived on her doorstep, starving, with nothing more than the tattered clothes on their back.

Fulton worked with CSS because they ministered to children and foster parents in accordance with her own deeply-held Catholic beliefs, but when the city refused to refer children to the hard-working agency and its foster parents unless they agreed to work with same-sex couples, she was shut off from caring for children who needed her.