WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide if foster care agencies must be willing to place children with gay and lesbian couples.
The dispute from Philadelphia is another in a series of challenges brought by Catholic and other religious groups and individuals that object to same-sex marriage.
The case, which will be argued next fall, may prove attractive to the high court's conservative majority, which generally supports religious freedom causes.
The justices already are considering three major religious liberty cases this year on state funding for religious schools, their right to fire teachers despite job discrimination claims, and challenges to the Affordable Care Act's requirement that employers offer free insurance coverage for contraceptives.
"Just as no LGBT couples are prevented from marrying because a particular church does not perform same-sex weddings, no LGBT couples are prevented from fostering because a particular church cannot provide an endorsement," lawyers for Catholic Social Services said in court papers. "Yet many churches will be prevented from exercising religion by caring for at-risk children, all due to a disagreement with the government about marriage."
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Supreme Court to decide if foster care agencies can snub gay, lesbian couples due to religious objections