Wednesday, November 24, 2021
From the Pittsburg Post-Gazette:
Philadelphia’s four-year legal battle with a Catholic foster care agency over its refusal to work with same-sex parents officially ended quietly this fall with the city agreeing to pay $2 million in legal fees and to renew the agency’s contract.
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rejected Philadelphia’s decision to terminate a contract with Catholic Social Services over its refusal to consider same-sex married couples as potential foster parents. That decision sent the dispute back to the appellate court. But ultimately the city decided not to pursue further legal challenges and came to a resolution approved by the U.S. Court of Appeals on Oct. 1 but not previously made public.
Under the agreement, the city paid the law firm that represented Catholic Social Services, Beckett Law, $1.95 million in legal fees. Another $56,000 was paid to Catholic Social Services.
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