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Rep. Bass Issues Statement Responding To SCOTUS Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ruling

June 17, 2021
Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, issued the following statement after the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of a religious adoption agency, but on very narrow grounds. The decision says that governments can continue to enforce neutral, generally applicable laws that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

“There is always a shortage of foster homes and even fewer safe and affirming homes for LGBTQIA+ youth. It’s critical that LGBTQIA+ families have the same opportunities to provide loving temporary foster homes and to become permanent adoptive parents for children who need it. The House has already passed The Equality Act but there is more work to be done. Congress should also pass the Every Child Deserves a Family Act which prohibits discrimination on the basis of religion, sex, and marital status in the administration and provision of child welfare services and improves safety, well-being, and permanency for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning foster youth.”