Supreme Court: S.F. Politicians Free to Denounce Catholic Church

Heresy: The business of S.F. government?

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a lawsuit brought by the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights against the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, essentially settling the question of whether the supervisors were out of line when they passed a resolution denouncing the Catholic church's stance on gay couples adopting.

The lawsuit concerned a 2006 resolution in which the supervisors upbraided then-Archbishop William Levada for his “hateful and discriminatory” order that local Catholic charitable groups not place children for adoption with same-sex couples.

“It is an insult to all San Franciscans when a foreign country, like the Vatican, meddles with and attempts to negatively influence this great City's existing and established customs such as the right of same-sex couples to adopt and care for children in need,” the resolution stated.

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