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Equality California on Today’s Supreme Court Decisions
June 28, 2024 at 11:03 am

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June 28, 2024

CONTACT: Jorge Reyes Salinas, Equality California
PHONE: (213) 355-3057/MOBILE: (213) 355-3057/EMAIL: press@eqca.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, issued the following statement from Executive Director Tony Hoang in response to today’s rulings by the United States Supreme Court in the case Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council and the case City of Grants Pass v. Johnson:

On Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council:

“Today’s 6-3 ruling will have profound, far-reaching and potentially devastating impacts on virtually all areas of life – healthcare, the environment, consumer safety, government benefits, workplace conditions, finance, technology, pharmaceuticals, and the like.

For many decades, the technical expertise of federal agencies in writing regulations was accepted as both unbiased and in the public interest. Today’s decision upends the judicial branch’s long-standing deference to the federal government and opens it to floods of self-interested parties to influence the rulemaking process.

As Justice Elena Kagan opined in her dissenting opinion: some interpretive issues arising in the regulatory context involve scientific or technical subject matter. Agencies have expertise in those areas; courts do not. Some demand a detailed understanding of complex and interdependent regulatory programs. Agencies know those programs inside-out; again, courts do not.”

On City of Grants Pass v. Johnson:

“This 6-3 decision from the conservative-majority Supreme Court will do little to address the needs of unhoused Californians, an overwhelming number of whom identify as LGBTQ+, and will result in continued criminalization rather than compassion. The solutions to homelessness are housing and supportive services, not moving people with nowhere else to go from place to place.

Homelessness is a particularly acute issue for LGBTQ+ people. 28% of LGBTQ+ youth report experiencing homelessness or housing instability at some point in their lives, often due to stigma, family rejection, and unsafe living conditions at home. LGBTQ+ youth also experience higher rates of violence and discrimination in ‘available’ shelter and housing facilities; many of which are religiously affiliated and fail to provide culturally competent services to LGBTQ+ youth — particularly those who identify as transgender, gender nonconforming, or intersex.”


Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org

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