Philadelphia Can Require Non-Discrimination In Adoption.

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A federal judge has ruled that religious adoption agencies must abide by Philadelphia's non-discrimination laws, dismissing a discrimination complaint by religious adoption agencies that wanted to use their religious beliefs to discriminate against prospective LGBTQ foster parents.

Two adoption agencies, Bethany Christian Services and Catholic Social Services, accused officials at the Department of Human Services of religious discrimination because the city enforced its non-discrimination laws, which prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people.

U.S. District Court Judge Petrese B. Tucker ruled July 13 that the city's policy did not violate the religious-freedom rights of Catholic Social Services. Tucker said the Department of Human Services had a legitimate interest in ensuring "that the pool of foster parents and resource caregivers is as diverse and broad as...

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