Special Edition: Supreme Court Says No License to Discriminate
June 17, 2021
It’s that time of year again: Supreme Court decision season. Today, we are bringing you a breakdown of the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, a case that touches on whether the city can enforce a nondiscrimination policy with its contractors.
Here, Catholic Social Services, a contractor with the city, refused to sign an agreement that would have forced them to stop excluding same-sex couples and unmarried people from being foster parents.
In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court held that Philadelphia’s refusal to contract with the foster care agency violated the Constitution’s First Amendment Free Exercise Clause.
James Esseks, the Director for the ACLU’s LGBTQ & HIV Project, joins to break down the decision.