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The new Supreme Court’s first LGBTQ case is set for right after the election

Oct 29, 2020

By Juwan J. Holmes

The next landmark case for LGBTQ rights before the Supreme Court of the United States will be heard the day after Election Day.

The Court in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia will rule on the question of whether religious foster care agencies have a First Amendment right to refuse to work with LGBTQ people. It would also be one of the first cases that Amy Coney Barrett presides over as a Supreme Court justice.

After hearing the case by phone on November 4, they will dismiss and go into conference on Friday. That means a ruling, or an order for the opinions, could come as soon as November 9. Fulton v. Philadelphia is the last of five cases being argued before the court next week, Barrett’s first full week. Exact details of her participation, if they have been finalized, have not been announced.

“There are lots of potential consequences here,” Louise Melling, Deputy Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), said.

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