General Social Services

Catholic Charities of Fort Worth featured in lawsuit by lesbian couple denied ability to foster

Catholic Charities of Fort Worth (CCFW) has been caught up in a lawsuit this month because of its denial of a local lesbian couple to foster a refugee child, according to a story on the Star-Telegram.

The couple, Fatma Marouf and Bryn Esplin, have sued the federal government and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for obstructing their effort to foster a refugee child through CCFW’s foster care program.

The couple had spoken with CCFW staff prior to being told they were not able to apply because they did not mirror a “holy family” according to a statement from the couple’s attorney to the Star-Telegram.

The couple argues that since the organization receives federal funding, it is unconstitutional for it to turn away prospective foster parents for religious reasons.

Read the full story here.


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