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US Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Anti-Discrimination Case, Fulton v. City of Philadelphia

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WASHINGTON—Today, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, a case that could allow private agencies to deny taxpayer-funded public services to people who are LGBTQ+, Jewish, Muslim, or Mormon—as well as to discriminate in adoption and foster care placement. The League of Women Voters of the United States filed an amicus brief, along with 29 other organizations, in support of the City of Philadelphia. League CEO Virginia Kase issued this statement: 

“The League was founded on the principle that democracy should work for all people. Paid for by the people, federal funding for public services is an inextricable part of our democracy. One set of religious beliefs cannot dictate how our government serves the beautifully diverse people of this nation.  

“Lesbian, gay, transgender, and genderqueer people are eager to provide a loving and safe home to the millions of children in the foster system. These children deserve to be loved by parents who will provide them with the safety and support they need to thrive and grow, socially, emotionally, and intellectually. LGBTQ+ couples, like any other family, can provide this needed support and care.  

“No one religious institution should have a say in how federally funded public services are provided, especially when they would deny those most in need of protection. This case could undermine protections for LGBTQ+ individuals, as well as Jewish, Muslim, and Mormon people, in need of vital services like food assistance, disaster relief, temporary shelter, and more. 

“The limitation of federal services by one religion is antithetical to the founding principles of the United States. The League is proud to support our LGBTQ+, Jewish, Muslim, and Mormon communities in this case.” 

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PRESS CONTACT: Kayla Vix | 202-809-9668 | [email protected]

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