The Trump administration submitted a brief to the Supreme Court on Wednesday arguing that a taxpayer-funded organization should be able to refuse to work with same-sex couples and others whom the group considers to be in violation of its religious beliefs. The brief was filed by the Department of Justice in the case Fulton v. The latter argument cites a recent Supreme Court case in which the government intervened on behalf of baker Jack Phillips who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple due to his religious beliefs. The high court awarded a narrow victory to Phillips on the grounds that the Colorado Human Rights Commission had shown hostility toward his religious views. Catholic Social Services sued Philadelphia in after the city ended its contract with the faith-based service provider upon learning the organization would not consider same-sex couples as potential parents for foster children. The organization argued that to provide these services to gay couples violated its constitutional rights to free religious exercise and free speech.
Hungary government proposes gay adoption ban as COVID-19 worsens
Hungary government proposes gay adoption ban as COVID worsens | Reuters
Just before the weekend last week, Georgia lawmakers passed a bill that would allow government-backed adoption agencies to deny placing a child with parents whose values they don't believe in, whether they're single parents, unmarried, or identify as LGBTQ. As backwards as that sounds, there are a handful of other states that reportedly ban LGBTQ couples from adopting in the name of religious freedom, as ThinkProgress reported. If the Georgia bill, which passed its state legislature in a vote , according to The Hill , is signed into law, the state would join Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia, Michigan, and North and South Dakota as states who allow children to not be placed in loving, healthy homes simply because a government agency doesn't believe in the "lifestyle" or sexual orientation of an adoptive family , as WRAL-TV reported. Based on the wording of the bill, agencies could also theoretically decline to place a transgender kid in a foster or adoption agency. The bill reads that it would allow a "child-placing agency to decline to accept a referral from the department and decline to perform services not referred under a contract with the department based on the child-placing agency's sincerely held religious beliefs.
Did Republicans Vote to Make It Legal to Ban Gays and Lesbians from Adopting?
The nationalist Fidesz party of Prime Minister Viktor Orban has worked to recast Hungary in a more conservative mold since winning a third successive landslide in , and anti-gay verbal attacks and legislation have become common. In recent years Orban, facing a unified opposition for the first time, has doubled down on propagating his increasingly conservative ideology, deploying strong language against immigrants and Muslims who he says could upend European culture. The new Hungarian constitution defines family as "based on marriage and the parent-child relation.
In an opinion published without dissent, the court argued that the law violated individuals' right to privacy. Supporters of the law are expected to fight the ruling. Arkansas voters approved Act 1 as a ballot measure in It prohibits unmarried couples who live together from adopting children, in effect shutting out gay and lesbian couples, who are not allowed to marry in the state. It also argued that Sheila Cole , one of the plaintiffs in the case , was faced with a " pernicious choice " when she tried to adopt her granddaughter, who was placed in foster care because Cole was unable to adopt her.