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Equality California Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia
June 17, 2021 at 8:54 am

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June 17, 2021

CONTACT: Samuel Garrett-Pate, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (973) 476-3770/EMAIL: press@eqca.org

WASHINGTON —  The United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the City of Philadelphia’s refusal to contract with Catholic Social Services (CSS) because they won’t serve LGBTQ+ foster parents violates the Free Exercise Clause of the 1st Amendment. The Court’s ruling applied only to the City of Philadelphia’s contract with CSS and issued no wide-ranging rule of law pertaining to Free Exercise and its relation to anti-sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination laws.

Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, released the following statement from Executive Director Rick Chavez Zbur:

“Today’s ruling by the Court is limited in nature and scope. While the Court ruled against the City based on the specific facts of this case, we are heartened by the fact that it did not recognize or create a license to discriminate.

“The Court’s ruling means that governments can — and must — continue to enforce neutral, generally applicable laws that protect LGBTQ+ people from discrimination both inside and out of the foster care system.

“Today’s decision during Pride month should serve as an important reminder that our work is not yet done. The Senate still needs to listen to the majority of voters across the country and pass the Equality Act to ensure that discrimination against LGBTQ+ people is never permissible anywhere in the country. We will continue to organize and fight for full, lived LGBTQ+ equality until the work is done.”


Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ+ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ+ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org

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