Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney stated that the city will not be using either Catholic Social Services or Bethany Christian Services while a discrimination investigation is taking place. The mayor explained that the investigation will determine whether the charities violated city contracting laws through their adoption policies.
“I think that two women or two men that happen to love each other or are married to each other who pass all the background checks and the financial circumstances and have a nice home should be able to welcome a foster child into their home,” said Kenney.
“We should first have a conversation with them to see what the extent of their discrimination is, but we cannot use taxpayer dollars to fund organizations that discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation or because of their same-sex marriage status,” he said. “It’s just not right.”
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia said that it will not change its policy to place children with same-sex couples as its foster care program is investigated.
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