Supreme Court Ruling Paves Way for Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination in Philadelphia

Today, in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, the Supreme Court ruled by a unanimous 9-0 margin that it was illegal for the city of Philadelphia to end a contract with a Catholic foster care organization that refuses to work with same-sex couples.
Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, a progressive religious institution with many LGBTQ students, has been deeply involved in this case. The school signed onto an amicus brief outlining the grave dangers of allowing government-contracted foster care agencies to turn away prospective parents based only on religious objections.
Rev. Serene Jones, Ph.D., president of Union Theological Seminary, issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision:
“Every child deserves a loving family and every LGBTQ person deserves equal rights and dignity, including the chance to raise a family. Denying those rights is a betrayal of God’s most fundamental commandment — that we should love all people.
“As the leader of an

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