Same-Sex Parents are More Likely than Different-Sex Parents to Raise Adopted and Foster Children

Author: The Williams Institute
Published: Thursday 17th June 2021
Summary: Same-sex parents are 7 times more likely than different-sex parents to raise adopted and foster children.


Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia finds that Philadelphia had violated the constitutional rights of Catholic Social Services by canceling the agency’s contract when they refused to work with same-sex couples on the basis of their religious beliefs.

 

The decision allows governments to continue to enforce non-discrimination laws that protect LGBTQ people and others, but they must do so neutrally.

“When child welfare agencies deny service to same-sex couples, it stigmatizes LGBTQ people and could reduce the number of homes available for children in need,” said Christy Mallory, Legal Director at the Williams Institute. “Today’s ruling underscores the importance of governments and agencies to have inclusive non-discrimination laws and policies that protect the rights of LGBTQ people.”

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