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1st Amendment Violation

United States Supreme Court

Case Name: Sharonell Fulton, et al., v. City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, et al.,

Case No.: 19-123

Focus: 1st Amendment Violation

Catholic Social Services is a foster care agency in Philadelphia. The City stopped referring children to CSS upon discovering that the agency would not certify same-sex couples to be foster parents due to its religious beliefs about marriage. The City will renew its foster care contract with CSS only if the agency agrees to certify same-sex couples. The question presented is whether the actions of Philadelphia violate the First Amendment.

Reversed and remanded

Dissenting:

Concurring: BARRETT, J., filed a concurring opinion, in which KAVANAUGH, J., joined, and in which BREYER, J., joined as to all but the first paragraph. ALITO, J., filed an opinion concurring in the judgment, in which THOMAS and GORSUCH, JJ., joined. GORSUCH, J., filed an opinion concurring in the judgment, in which THOMAS and ALITO, JJ., joined.

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Derek A Hawkins is Corporate Counsel, at Salesforce.

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