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Late this afternoon, the US Supreme Court refused to intervene in a case involving a Pennsylvania city’s rules regarding placement of foster children. Catholic Social Services (CSS) had demanded the City of Philadelphia continue allowing them to place children in need of foster care, despite local laws requiring placement agencies serve all qualified couples without discrimination.
New foster placements through CSS were halted last spring after Catholic-affiliated agencies refused to certify LGBT families who wished to provide homes to children in foster care. CSS, in its appeal to the Supreme Court, asserted “vindictive conduct will lead to displaced children, empty homes, and the closure of a 100-year-old ministry” if taxpayer funds, including those paid by LGBT citizens, were not used to fund CSS’ discriminatory policies.
This case is by no means over, as CSS is presently appealing the district court’s ruling to the US 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. This case could have broad implications for the rest of the country, as no matter the outcome in the 3rd Circuit, it will certainly be appealed by whichever side loses. Equality Kansas will watch this case with particular interest as the courts will be ruling on the constitutionality of diverting taxpayer dollars to agencies that in turn use that money discriminate against taxpaying LGBT Americans.