Republican Lawmakers and Leaders Submit Amicus Brief to U.S. Supreme Court in Case of Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • September 18, 2020 • 5:04 pm

Even as we continue to see the positive impacts of June’s historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling affirming employment protections for LGBTQ people, we’ve got our eyes on another LGBTQ case that will be heard by the justices on November 4. The case, Fulton v. Philadelphia, concerns whether a taxpayer-funded child welfare agency has a right to discriminate against otherwise qualified families, including same-sex couples, if they have a religious objection to serving them – even when the contract the agency signed to provide government services explicitly prohibits such discrimination.

A bad decision could jeopardize vulnerable children who need foster parents and establish a broad right for taxpayer-funded agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ people and others. 

Government-sanctioned discrimination is anti-liberty and anti-freedom – and that’s why Americans from all walks of life are speaking out about the case, which will be heard on November 4. Dozens of current and former Republican elected officials and other conservative thought leaders even spoke directly to the justices through a “friend-of-the-court” brief making the conservative case for LGBTQ freedom. The Conservatives Against Discrimination program is also front and center in the brief, which you can read in full here. 

The brief is signed by so many conservative leaders who understand that freedom means freedom for everyone – including LGBTQ people. And since the foster care agency in this lawsuit takes public funds from Philadelphia, it shouldn’t be allowed to discriminate, which violates the contract required by the city of Philadelphia. 

Signers include:

  • Vance Aloupis, Jr. – Member of the Florida House of Representatives, 115th District, 2018-Present
  • Michael Berlucchi – City Council, Virginia Beach, 2019-Present
  • Michael N. “Mike” Callton – Member of the Michigan House of Representatives, 87th District, 2011- 2016
  • Craig Cates – Monroe County Commissioner, District 1, 2019-Present, and Mayor of Key West, 2009-2018
  • Charles Wesley “Chuck” Clemons, Sr. – Member of the Florida House of Representatives, 21st District, 2016-Present
  • Cynthia H. Coffman – Colorado Attorney General, 2015-2019
  • Jordan Cunningham – Member of the California State Assembly, 35th District, 2016-Present
  • Carlos Curbelo – United States Representative, Florida, 26th District, 2015-2019
  • Sarah Davis – Member of the Texas House of Representatives, 134th District, 2011-Present 2a
  • Heather Fitzenhagen – Member of the Florida House of Representatives, 78th District, 2012-Present
  • J. John Fluharty – Executive Director of the Republican Party of Delaware, 2012-2015
  • Angie Gallo – School Board Member, District 1, Orange County Public Schools, 2018-present
  • Betty I. Gay – Member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, Rockingham District 8, 2016-Present
  • Sheila Harrington – Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, 1st Middlesex District, 2011-Present
  • Daniel E. Innis – Member of the New Hampshire Senate, 24th District, 2016-2018
  • Jason Janvrin – Member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, Rockingham District 37, 2018-Present
  • Fred Karger – United States Republican Presidential Candidate, 2012
  • Aaron Kaufer – Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 120th District, 2015-Present
  • Sam H. Killebrew – Member of the Florida House of Representatives, 41st District, 2016-Present
  • John W. “Jack” Lyle Jr. – Member of RI House of Representatives, District 46, 2018- Present; Member Rhode Island State Senate 1980-1986 and 1990-1994
  • Jennifer Nassour – Co-Founder & President at Pocketbook Project, Inc; Former CEO, ReflectUS; Former Chair, MassGOP 3a
  • Jess Olson – Member of the South Dakota House of Representatives, 34th District, 2019-Present
  • Casey Pick – Former Programs Director of Log Cabin Republicans and Legislative Counsel to American Unity Fund
  • René “Coach P” Plasencia – Member of the Florida House of Representatives, 50th District, 2014- Present
  • Holly Raschein – Member of the Florida House of Representatives, 120th District, 2012-Present
  • John Reagan – Member of the New Hampshire Senate, 17th District, 2013-Present
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen – United States Representative, Florida, 27th District, 1989-2019
  • Claudine Schneider – United States Representative, Rhode Island, 2nd District, 1981-1991
  • Christopher Shays – United States Representative, Connecticut, 4th District, 1987-2009
  • Alan K. Simpson – Member of the United States Senate from Wyoming, 1979-1997
  • Wendi J. Thomas – Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 178th District, 2018- Present
  • Kathleen “KC” Tomlinson – Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 18th District, 2020-Present
  • Stephen H. Urquhart – Member of the Utah Senate, 29th District, 2009-2016
  • Jill Holtzman Vogel – Member of the Virginia Senate, 27th District, 2008-Present
  • Dan Zwonitzer – Member of the Wyoming House of Representatives, 43rd District, 2005-Present

 In the brief, the signers explain, “Discrimination, in any form, threatens to undermine basic principles of this nation.” We couldn’t agree more. 

Thanks for getting the word out about the case – we appreciate all you do.

Read the Brief here. And learn more about Conservatives Against Discrimination here.


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