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Did city violate the religious freedom of Catholic Social Services when it froze its foster care contract?

June 21, 2018 GMT

By Staff

A federal judge said she will rule early next month on a Catholic organization’s contention that the city violated its religious freedoms when it suspended its contract to provide foster care because the agency won’t work with same-sex couples.

The city Department of Human Services froze foster care referrals to Catholic Social Services in March, after learning of the agency’s policy. The agency does work with LGBTQ children. Catholic Social Services responded with a lawsuit in May, contending the city targeted CSS because of its beliefs and violated its religious freedom by preventing it from work it considers part of its ministry.

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