Philly agrees to pay $2M in settlement over LGBTQ foster care lawsuit

The decision was unanimous. On June 17, in a 9-0 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court found the City of Philadelphia violated the First Amendment rights to religious freedom of Catholic Social Services (CSS) in the case of Fulton v. City of Philadelphia.

The Court determined that Philadelphia’s refusal to contract with CSS for the provision of foster care services unless CSS agreed to certify same-sex couples as foster parents violated the free exercise of religion clause of the First Amendment.

Now the city of Philadelphia has agreed to pay $2 million in legal fees to CSS and to renew the Catholic foster care agency’s contract without requiring their adherence to the city’s nondiscrimination policy.