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March 19, 2015

SAGE and Aging Organizations Brief Supreme Court on Why Elders Need Marriage Equality

[New York, NY ] On Wednesday, March 4, 2015, SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) and a number of the country’s most influential non-profits in the aging sector filed an amicus brief in Obergefell v. Hodges, the historic case in which the US Supreme Court will determine whether the US Constitution requires every U.S. state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and to recognize marriages of same-sex couples lawfully performed in any other state. 

The Supreme Court oral argument in the case is scheduled to take place in late April, with a decision expected in late June.  

In addition to SAGE, the amicus brief was joined by the American Society on Aging, Justice in Aging (formerly the National Senior Citizens Law Center), the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, and the National Hispanic Council on Aging.  The brief shines a spotlight on the serious burdens placed on LGBT elders who are denied the right to marry, and joins Petitioners in arguing that states’ refusal to license or recognize marriages by same-sex couples violates the U.S. Constitution. Amici are represented by the law firm Squire Patton Boggs (“SPB”).  Jack Nadler served as lead lawyer for the Squire Patton Boggs team.  He worked in close collaboration with Rachael Harris, Lauren Kuley, and Brandon Román.  More than a dozen other lawyers, in offices around the Firm, supported the effort.

 

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