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Federal appeals court upholds San Francisco’s condemnation of Vatican

June 04, 2009

By a 3-0 vote, the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of a 2006 San Francisco Board of Supervisors resoulution “urging Cardinal William Levada, in his capacity as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican, to withdraw his discriminatory and defamatory directive that Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Francisco stop placing children in need of adoption with homosexual households.” The court determined that the city did not intend to condemn Catholicism, but rather acted out a secular motive of protecting persons from discrimination.


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