Supreme Court Sides With Catholic Adoption Agency in Major Win for Religious Liberty

The Supreme Court unanimously sided with a catholic adoption agency during a recent case involving said adoption agency denying adoption to parents on the basis of their sexual orientation.

From The Daily Caller:

The United States Supreme Court has unanimously sided with a Catholic adoption agency in a religious freedom case regarding same sex unions.

The court ruled 9-0 that the city of Philadelphia’s refusal to contract with Catholic Social Services (CSS) unless CSS agreed to ‘certify same-sex couples as foster parents” violates CSS’s free exercise of the First Amendment.

Chief Justice John Roberts, who delivered the opinion of the court, wrote that “as an initial matter, it is plain that the City’s actions have burdened CSS’s religious exercise by putting it to the choice of curtailing its mission or approving relationships inconsistent with its beliefs.”

“The City disagrees,” he continued. “In its view, certification reflects only that foster parents satisfy the statutory criteria, not that the agency endorses their relationships. But CSS believes that certification is tantamount to endorsement. And ‘religious beliefs need not be acceptable, logical, consistent, or comprehensible to others in order to merit First Amendment protection.’”

A major part of this decision was that the faith-based adoption agency was not solely denying same-sex couples in the adoption process, they were also denying unmarried persons.