Pelosi Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia

June 17, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the Supreme Court ruling in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, which held that tax-payer funded foster care agencies cannot discriminate against LGBTQ couples, but the city of Philadelphia did not neutrally enforce its nondiscrimination laws:

“Today’s unanimous ruling by the Supreme Court made clear: discrimination has no place in our foster and adoption systems, or anywhere in our democracy.  While the decision was not a sweeping victory, Americans are proud that the Court affirmed that LGBTQ couples have a right to welcome children in our foster care system into their families.

“As a nation, our most important responsibility is to provide for the health, education and well-being of our children – and no child should be denied a loving and caring home because of the sexuality or gender identity of their foster parents.  House Democrats are proud to have joined this fight, filing an amicus brief in this case asserting our opposition to the deeply offensive effort to sacrifice the well-being of the thousands of children in the foster care system to push a bigoted anti-LGBTQ agenda. 

“LGBTQ couples have faced a long history of discrimination in public life, especially while trying to build a family.  Under the leadership of Democrats in Congress and the Biden-Harris Administration, we will not relent until the House-passed Equality Act becomes the law of the land.  Today, let us recommit to the fight for full equality and build a more just future for all Americans.”