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Understanding Fulton v Philadelphia

When:
June 23, 2021 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2021-06-23T15:00:00-04:00
2021-06-23T16:00:00-04:00
Where:
Zoom Webinar
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ian Rees

Please join us on Wednesday, June 23 at 3:00 pm EST, as we bring together a panel of faith leaders, legal experts, and advocates to discuss the Supreme Court case Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. The Supreme Court ruled on this case on Thursday, June 17th. Our panel will help us understand this narrow ruling in favor of Catholic Social Services, the impact of their decision, and reflect on this approach by organizations to use religion as grounds for discrimination against same-sex couples. Registration is required to receive Zoom details.

This case centered on Catholic Social Services, a child welfare agency that sued the City of Philadelphia to receive taxpayer dollars for its child welfare services, despite the agency’s refusal to comply with the City’s nondiscrimination requirement. A broad ruling in favor of Catholic Social Services could have granted religious agencies a broad license to discriminate against same-sex couples, people of minority faiths, unmarried couples, and others—simply because they do not meet an agency’s religious test.

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Panelists will include:

  • The Very Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union (Moderator)
  • The Rev. Stan J Sloan, Managing Director of Collegiate Church of New York, and Trustee for Union Theological Seminary
  • Daniele Gerard, Senior Staff Attorney at Children’s Rights
  • Rev. Patrick Cheng, Theologian in Residence at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue

Last August, Union Theological Seminary and EDS at Union joined an amicus brief filed by Children’s Rights in the Supreme Court case Fulton v. the City of Philadelphia. Learn more about the briefing here.

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