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In New Supreme Court Case, Religious Liberty Is at Stake

In New Supreme Court Case, Religious Liberty Is at Stake
The Supreme Court’s ruling in this case will not only determine whether Catholic Social Services can serve the children of Philadelphia, but will also affect religious freedom nationwide in key ways. (Photo: Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto/Getty Images)

By Kassie Dulin

In recent years, local and state governments have forced numerous faith-based adoption and foster care agencies out of business because of their religious beliefs about marriage. While some of those agencies closed with little protest, Catholic Social Services chose to fight back in the courts.

Catholic Social Services filed a lawsuit alleging that the city of Philadelphia discriminated against the agency by refusing to place children with the agency because of its beliefs.

On Monday—after two years of legal battles—the Supreme Court agreed to hear Catholic Social Services’ case later this year. The outcome will not only affect the future of faith-based adoption and foster care agencies nationwide, but the religious freedom rights of all Americans.

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