1st Amendment lawsuit against San Francisco

1st Amendment lawsuit against San Francisco

A few weeks ago the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution condemning the Vatican as a “foreign country” that “meddles with and attempts to negatively influence” the SF archdiocese in ending the practice of gay adoptions by Catholic Charities.

At the time I said I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for the ACLU to jump in on this blatant violation of the First Amendment freedom of religion. Thankfully, we Catholics have our own public-interest law firm. The Thomas More Law Center has filed a federal lawsuit against San Francisco on behalf of William Donohue’s Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights and two San Francisco Catholics.

According to the press release, which I have just received:

The lawsuit, brought on behalf of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights and two San Francisco Catholic citizens, challenges the anti-Catholic resolution as a “startling attack by government officials on the Catholic Church, Catholic moral teaching and beliefs, and those who adhere to the tenets of the Catholic faith, in violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.”

Faithful Catholics Not Welcomed

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