SAGE Files Friend of the Court Brief in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia


Joined by 25 national aging and disability rights organization, the brief highlights what’s at stake for older people and people with disabilities

[New York, NY] Yesterday, SAGE submitted an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, a case in which the Supreme Court will decide whether religious agencies have a broad license to discriminate while providing government services with taxpayer money. The brief was filed through pro bono counsel Squire Patton Boggs, in partnership with 25 national aging and disability rights organizations.

This case is particularly poignant for older people and people living with disabilities because such a large portion of aging and disability providers are religiously affiliated.  Our aging and disability brief highlights what’s at stake for these communities and the potential harms we would face should Fulton win.  It will be a sad and scary day if the Supreme Court decides that taxpayer dollars can be used to turn older people and disabled people away from critical government services based on sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion, color, sex, or any status that a provider finds objectionable on religious grounds.

Click here to read the brief.

 

About SAGE: 

SAGE is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older people. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older people and their caregivers. SAGE also advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT elders, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT community organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competency training through SAGECare. With staff located across the country, SAGE also coordinates SAGENet, a growing network of affiliates in the United States. Learn more at sageusa.org.

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