Sunday, November 26, 2017

Loss of High Court 'Cake Case' Could Be Devastating for LGBT Seniors

The Hill reports:

When Jack Phillips told a young gay couple that that he would not sell them a wedding cake because he has a religious objection to same-sex marriage, he set in motion a chain of events that has led to a case now before the U.S. Supreme Court, which will hear the case on Dec. 5. While some people are calling this the “cake case,” much more is at stake than whether bakers can refuse to sell wedding cakes to same-sex couples.

The Court’s decision could seriously impair the ability of LGBT older adults to access the services and supports that they need.

As a result of a lifetime of discrimination, LGBT elders frequently have poorer physical and mental health than other older Americans. They also have higher rates of poverty. At the same time, LGBT elders are twice as likely as other older Americans to live alone, half as likely to have close relatives to call for help, and four times less likely to have children to assist them. Consequently, LGBT elders are especially dependent on senior centers, assisted living communities, and long-term care facilities — each of which, like Phillips’s bakery, is generally considered to be a public accommodation. 

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