Philly’s foster care discrimination case goes to federal court

November 6, 2018

DHS Commissioner Cynthia Figueroa enters Federal Court in June. The case filed by Catholic Social Services went before an appellate panel of judges Tuesday.

By Staff

Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services is back in court Tuesday, defending its refusal to contract with a Catholic foster care agency that won’t work with LGBTQ parents. The city has said Catholic Social Services is in violation of its fair practices ordinance, which prohibits city contractors from discriminating on the base of sexual orientation.

A federal judge in July ruled in favor of the city, denying the provider’s petition for its contract to be reinstated. Catholic Social Services argued that by being sidelined, children in need of homes have been put at risk, and that forcing them to work with same-sex couples violated its religious freedom.

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