An appeals court panel ruled that Philadelphia social-services workers responsible for thousands of children needing foster care can exclude Catholic Social Services because of its religious beliefs on marriage.
Lawyers for CSS plan to appeal the ruling by from Thomas Ambro, Anthony Scirica and Marjorie Rendell of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
CSS asked for a preliminary order that would allow its volunteers to continued caring for thousands of children.
The city has rejected the organization’s help because the Catholics refuse to change their religious beliefs about marriage. The city enacted a policy requiring that foster-care programs actively support and endorse same-sex [READ MORE HERE]