Court Declines To Intervene In Pa. Foster Care Case.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to stay out of a dispute over religious foster care in Pennsylvania--for now.

Earlier this year, officials in Philadelphia stopped referring children to a foster-care program run by Catholic Social Services (CSS) because the agency refuses to place children with same-sex couples. City law, officials noted, outlaws discrimination against LGBTQ residents.

CSS sued, arguing that the city's policy violated its religious freedom.

A federal court refused to issue a temporary order putting the city's policy on hold, and the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals later agreed. CSS then asked the Supreme Court to intervene, but the court, in an Aug. 30 order, declined.

Three justices--Clarence M. Thomas, Samuel A. Alito and Neil Gorsuch--indicated they would have granted CSS' request, but it takes five votes to issue such an...

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