Legal experts say decision heralds a positive outlook for religious-freedom cases of Catholic adoption and foster-care agencies nationwide.
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COMMENTARY: The decision is also powerful evidence that the Supreme Court, as it is currently constituted, doesn’t play politics.
“CSS seeks only an accommodation that will allow it to continue serving the children of Philadelphia in a manner consistent with its religious beliefs; it does not seek to impose those beliefs on anyone else,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion.
COMMENTARY: Oral arguments in the First Amendment case Fulton v. Philadelphia began Wednesday.
Lori Windham, senior counsel at Becket, said in a statement that she was “relieved” that the Supreme Court will consider the case, especially in the light of growing numbers of foster care cases in many states.