Contentious gay foster care case will be Barrett’s first religious liberty test

Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett will hear one of her first cases the day after the presidential election, in what could prove to be a landmark decision for religious liberty.

The case, Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, concerns a clash between Catholic Social Services, which provides adoption and foster care services, and Philadelphia city regulations that forbid discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The case arose after a 2018 expose revealed that the organization, per Catholic teaching on marriage, does not work with gay and transgender couples.

Religious liberty advocates, since the court accepted the case in February, have been confident in a positive outcome. Even
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