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Philly Can Bar Catholic Group Over Anti-LGBT Foster Care Policy

April 22, 2019, 4:22 PM

Philadelphia doesn’t have to renew its foster care contracts with Catholic Social Services, a charity that refuses to place children with same-sex couples.

The city neutrally enforces a nondiscrimination policy that applies to all, not targeting the nonprofit out of hostility toward its religious beliefs, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled April 22. The appeals court upheld a federal judge’s 2018 decision not to issue an injunction requiring Philadelphia to resume placing children in foster care through CSS.

“CSS’s theme devolves to this: The city is targeting CSS because it discriminates against same-sex couples; CSS is ...

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