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For God and country: Trump’s top judge pick tackles LGBT and religion

The newly confirmed justice, a devout Catholic, to oversee a case centred on the church and same-sex fostering

Lawrence Hurley and Andrew Chung

The US Supreme Court, with its newly expanded conservative majority, is set on Wednesday to hear a dispute over the city of Philadelphia’s refusal to place children for foster care with a Catholic Church-affiliated agency that prohibits same-sex couples from applying to be foster parents.

The one-hour oral argument via teleconference will be the first major case to be heard by President Donald Trump’s appointee Amy Coney Barrett, who was confirmed to the court last week and participated in cases argued on Monday and Tuesday.

The Philadelphia case pits LGBT rights against religious rights. The nine justices will consider an appeal brought by Catholic Social Services, part of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which accused the city of violating the US constitution’s First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and religion. Catholic Social Services is backed by the Trump administration in the case...

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