Thursday, June 4, 2020

Trump admin asks Supreme Court to let adoption agencies reject LGBT families

The Trump administration has asked the Supreme Court to allow adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples in the name of religion.

Department of Justice attorneys submitted a 35-page brief to the Supreme Court asking it to rule in favour of Catholic Social Services, a Philadelphia-based adoption agency, that insists it should be allowed to turn away same-sex couples under the First Amendment.

“This case concerns the application of the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the City of Philadelphia’s termination of a contract allowing Catholic Social Services to help place children in the City with foster parents, on the basis of Catholic Social Services’ unwillingness to endorse same-sex couples as foster parents,” the brief says. “The United States has a substantial interest in the preservation of the free exercise of religion. It also has a substantial interest in the enforcement of rules prohibiting discrimination by government contractors.”

The latest example of the Trump administration seeking to enable legal discrimination against LGBT people.

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