What Does Fulton v. Philadelphia Mean For LGBTQ+ Foster Parents?

In July 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Fulton v. Philadelphia, which asked whether tax-funded foster care agencies could violate Philadelphia city law and discriminate against prospective parents based on the agency’s religious beliefs. 

Unfortunately for LGBTQ+ foster parents in Philadelphia, the Justices ruled in favor of Catholic Social Services, saying non-discrimination laws apply to taxpayer-funded child services so long as they are enforced neutrally, but that Philadelphia’s law was “not neutral.”

The Human Rights Campaign said the ruling shows there is still more work to do to ensure that LGBTQ+ people do not face discrimination anywhere in the country in every aspect of public life. 

So what does the SCOTUS ruling mean for the thousands of hopeful adoptive and foster parents who identify as LGBTQ+?

On this week’s episode of Gays With Kids the Podcast, GWK executive editor David Dodge breaks down the implications of the ruling with Julie Kruse, a federal policy advocate with Family Equality, and Weston Charles-Gallow, a former foster youth adopted by two gay dads who testified to the Congressional Ways and Means Committee in support of LGBTQ+ people being involved in the foster care system.

Listen to Gays With Kids the podcast below, or search on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get podcasts.

Posted by Brit Smith

Brit Smith is a Staff Writer & Associate Editor at GWK. A native of London, England, she started her American adventure nannying and waiting tables in Texas in 2006, and eventually graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017. She now lives in Massachusetts with her husband and their two dogs Cosmo and Juno. Brit has previously written and created podcasts for WBZ NewsRadio, iHeart Media, and Different Leaf.



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