Today the Supreme Court ruled against the city if Philadelphia in regulating faith-based adoption agencies receiving federal funds, with the practical effect that the ruling does not mean that all religious agencies in the future would be allowed to discriminate against same-sex couples in applying to become foster or adoptive parents.
NBCNews explains Fulton v. City of Philadelphia in this article by Jo Yurcaba NBC notes that same-sex couples are seven times more likely to adopt or foster than straight couples (UCLA Williams article), in a time when immigration (asylum seeking or refugees), and Covid is creating great need. HRC explains in an article by Aryn Fields. Here is the opinion. The holding is fairly narrow, criticizing the City of Philadelphia on the way it applied the law unevenly. Jeffrey Toobin reappeared on CNN today and explained, comparing it to Masterpiece Cakeshop and other cases.
There are widespread explanations of the Supreme Court’s upholding the Affordable Care Act on procedural grounds (lack of standing) (opinion)
We also all know the Emancipation Day, or Juneteenth, will become a federal holiday (and be observed Friday).
One other matter: Activists are becoming more vocal in their demands of Nellie’s in the incident last Saturday and some want it closed permanently. Metroweekly has the story. Some of their demands though are very “woke” and collective in complaints about policing in general as white supremacy (which this was not). On the other hand, a bar should not drag someone down steps. (I’ve descended them myself before, and they are treacherous. I most recently visited Nellie’s on Feb. 29, 2020, the last bar I visited (except for JR’s on March 1) before the bars were shut down for Covid.) I presume there will be pro bono representation for the woman affected if she litigates.
Also, yesterday, Pitchers' Bar in Washington DC made an apology on Facebook for misgendering pronouns for a trans customer. I was there Sunday night when this apparently happened and noticed nothing unusual.