While we are reviewing the decision closely, we are disappointed that today’s opinion in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, while narrow and fact-specific, has allowed Catholic Social Services, a taxpayer-funded entity, to continue to refuse foster care services for LGBTQ individuals. While the Court did not endorse a constitutionally protected license to discriminate, we condemn any policy which opens the door for discrimination against LGBTQ people, people of minority faiths, and others. LGBTQ individuals already face widespread discrimination in the health care context — a problem exacerbated by the increasing dominance of religiously affiliated providers. We call on the United States Senate to immediately pass the Equality Act, and the Biden Administration to promulgate rules to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination and rigorously enforce nondiscrimination laws.
NHeLP’s statement on decision in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia