In Supreme Court 9-0 ‘Fulton’ Ruling Fissures Lurk Beneath the Surface| National Catholic Register

WASHINGTON — When the U.S. Supreme Court issued its June 17 ruling in Fulton v. Philadelphia, a closely watched free-exercise case that pitted the city of Philadelphia against a Catholic foster-care contractor who refused to make placements with same-sex couples, the 9-0 ruling in favor of the foster parents of Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia electrified religious-freedom advocates. “This is a huge victory for heroic foster moms and for #religiousfreedom. It ensures that religious groups like Catholic Social Services … can continue their great work,” tweeted Becket, the public interest group that represented the Catholic agency.  But as news outlets deconstructed the unanimous decision, disturbing fissures surfaced. Most prominently, Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch registered their frustration with a majority opinion that they dismissed as overly narrow, with little to offer beleaguered church agencies facing similar pushback on “LGBTQ” issues. 

In Supreme Court 9-0 ‘Fulton’ Ruling Fissures Lurk Beneath the Surface| National Catholic Register

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