PHILADELPHIA FORCES ARCHDIOCESE TO SUPPORT LGBTQUEER AGENDA

PHILADELPHIA FORCES ARCHDIOCESE TO SUPPORT LGBTQUEER AGENDA

Federal judge rules against Catholic Social Services in gay adoption dispute

[AQ Tom: More good and bad news from this (“The case will now be heading to the federal appeals court”) and the LifeSiteNews report on this topic]

The pro-LGBT website The Advocate adds that the ACLU hopes the case will impact similar battles currently ongoing in Michigan and Texas. Meanwhile, an amendment preventing localities from discriminating against religious adoption agencies recently cleared the U.S. House Appropriations Committee.

by David Nussman  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  July 23, 2018

Pennsylvania is forcing the Philadelphia archdiocese to accommodate gay couples.

In a court decision on July 13, U.S. District Judge Petrese B. Tucker upheld the city’s policy of requiring foster care services to place children with same-sex couples.

Philadelphia had ended its contract with Catholic Social Services — run by the archdiocese — because it refused to adopt out children to gay couples. The archdiocese then sued for religious discrimination.

But Judge Tucker sided with the city — the 64-page decision claiming the archdiocese failed to prove any discrimination.

Although the archdiocese quoted pro-gay remarks from Philadelphia’s Democrat mayor, Jim Kenney, the judge said these remarks “are irrelevant to this case and cannot support plaintiffs’ claim of religious hostility and intentional targeting.”

Becket Fund Senior Counsel Lori Windham, representing Catholic Social Services, said, “[T]he city has put politics above the children, and today the court allowed the city’s discriminatory actions to continue — a decision we will immediately appeal.”

The case will now be heading to the federal appeals court.

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