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Supreme Court to hear religious fight for same-sex foster care

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The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear a big controversy over religious rights, with the city of Philadelphia's refusal to place children for foster care with a universal service banning same-sex couples from serving as foster parents.

The case provides the court's 5-4 conservative majority another chance to recognize broader religious rights under the U.S. Constitution, as it has done in key cases in recent years. The case will be argued in the court's next term, which starts in October.

Catholic Social Services, which has been providing foundation services for more than a century, said they would be forced to close underwriters if they could not participate in the city's program. She said her households are still operating, but they are finished.

24 Feb 2020

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