For Immediate Release: 6.17.21
Contact: Lacey McNiel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Supreme Court Protects Religious Liberty of Faith-Based Child Placement Agencies in Landmark Ruling
First Liberty Institute filed friend-of-the-court brief in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia
Washington, DC—In a major victory for religious liberty today, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled 9-0 that religious organizations cannot be disqualified from serving children and families through government programs simply because of their religious beliefs. First Liberty filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case on behalf of Galen Black, a plaintiff from the landmark 1990 Supreme Court case Employment Division v. Smith. The following statement may be attributed to Kelly Shackelford, President, CEO, and Chief Counsel at First Liberty Institute:
Punishing religious organizations for acting consistently with their sincerely held religious beliefs is wrong. The Court ensured that religious adoption providers can continue their centuries-old work serving families and children without suffering government discrimination because they believe that the best home for a child includes a mother and father. This is a tremendous victory for religious liberty.
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