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File #: 61487    Version: 1 Name: Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination amicus curiae brief
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 7/24/2020 In control: Attorney's Office
On agenda: 8/4/2020 Final action: 8/4/2020
Enactment date: 8/7/2020 Enactment #: RES-20-00538
Title: A Resolution authorizing the City Attorney to join, on behalf of the Mayor and City of Madison, an amicus curiae brief on behalf of local governments in support of the City of Philadelphia in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Patrick W. Heck, Lindsay Lemmer, Michael E. Verveer, Syed Abbas, Sheri Carter
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsWatch
8/4/20201 COMMON COUNCIL Adopt Under Suspension of Rules 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, and 2.25Pass Action details Meeting details Not available
7/24/20201 Attorney's Office RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, & 2.25 - REPORT OF OFFICER  Action details Meeting details Not available
Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution authorizes the City Attorney, on behalf of the Mayor, to join the City as amicus in support of the City of Philadelphia in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. Staff time associated with this proposal is expected to be minimal and will be completed with existing resources.
Title
A Resolution authorizing the City Attorney to join, on behalf of the Mayor and City of Madison, an amicus curiae brief on behalf of local governments in support of the City of Philadelphia in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia.
Body
WHEREAS, the City has been approached by the Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination coalition to participate in a case, Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, that could ultimately affect the ability of local governments to enforce nondiscrimination policies when working with contractors on a wide range of city services, from foster care to services for the homeless and more; and

WHEREAS, the City’s participation would be through an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief prepared by the City of New York, in collaboration with Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination, on behalf of local governments in support of the City of Philadelphia in the Fulton case. Fulton will be heard by the United States Supreme Court this fall. At stake is whether Philadelphia is required to continue to contract with a faith-based foster care agency that refuses to work with same-sex couples, despite Philadelphia’s nondiscrimination policies, ordinance and contract provisions. There are several important legal questions that go beyond the issues of sexual orientation discrimination and religion, potentially impacting the ability of cities to partner with community organizations for the provision of valuable social services; and

WHEREAS, United States Supreme Court decisions are binding upon and therefore affect the operations of local government nationwide, including Madison; and

WHEREAS, the City of Madison has a long history of supporting the LGBTQ+ Com...

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