The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the resolution March 21.
The lawsuit was
brought on behalf of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
and two San Francisco citizens. It challenges the anti-Catholic
resolution on the basis of the First and Fourteenth Amendments.
claims that the First Amendment “forbids an official purpose to
disapprove of a particular religion, religious beliefs, or of religion
the Law Center attorney handling the case, added that the U.S.
Constitution “forbids hostility toward any religion.”
disregard for the Constitution, homosexual activists in positions of
authority in San Francisco are abusing their authority as government
officials and misusing the instruments of government to attack the
Catholic Church. This egregious abuse of power is an outrage and a
clear violation of the First Amendment,” he said.
alludes to the Vatican as a foreign country meddling in the affairs of
the City and describes the Church’s moral teaching and beliefs as
“insulting to all San Franciscans,” “hateful,” “defamatory,” and
“absolutely unacceptable.” It also says Cardinal William Levada, the
head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is
“unqualified” to lead.
“anti-Catholic resolution sends a clear message to Plaintiffs and
others who are faithful adherents to the Catholic faith that they are
outsiders … [and] that those who oppose Catholic religious beliefs …
are insiders, favored members of the political community,” the lawsuit
resolution, condemning Catholic moral teaching on homosexuality and
urging San Francisco’s archbishop and Catholic Charities to defy Church
directives prohibiting gay adoptions, has prompted a federal lawsuit by
the Thomas More Law Center.