WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is set to decide soon whether conservative Christians have a constitutional right to refuse to work with same-sex couples while participating in a city-funded foster care program that forbids such discrimination.

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The U.S. Supreme Court, shown here on Nov. 10, 2020, is set to decide soon whether conservative Christians have a constitutional right to refuse to work with same-sex couples while participating in a city-funded foster care program that forbids such discrimination.

It is the latest and possibly most significant culture-war clash between the First Amendment’s right to the free exercise of religion — which has been bolstered of late by the court’s conservatives — and the right to marriage equality that was upheld in a 5-4 liberal decision in 2015.

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