No Catholics Need Adopt: A Couple Is Denied a Foster Child Because of Religious Views

From a Wall Street Journal column by William McGurn headlined “No Catholics Need Adopt”:

Once again, Samuel Alito saw it coming. Recent events in Massachusetts—where a Catholic couple was deemed unfit for a foster-care license because their beliefs are insufficiently progressive—have borne out his warnings.

The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families’s decision to deny Michael and Kitty Burke’s foster-care application comes less than a decade after the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which held that states could not deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In a short but tart dissent, Justice Alito raised a red flag that Justice Anthony Kennedy, author of the majority opinion, glided over in his enthusiasm for making his own preferences law. Whatever this decision was, Justice Alito warned, Obergefell was not a victory for a live-and-let-live America.