Court Strikes Student Debt Forgiveness Program; Sides with LGBTQ Discrimination
(San Francisco, CA)—The Supreme Court continued down the path of ruling against marginalized communities today in striking down President Biden’s student debt forgiveness plan and allowing the LGBTQ community to be discriminated against.
“This conservative-controlled court shows its willingness to turn a blind eye to the hardships students from marginalized communities deal with every day by extinguishing avenues to higher education,” said Eric Cohen, Executive Director of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC). “The ruling striking down the student debt forgiveness plan will no doubt force students to forego aspirations of higher education. This court continues to give credence to attacks against those seeking a better path forward.”
A CNBC survey showed that the majority of people who sought financial loans to attend college were women and people of color—with Black women having the most debt.
The court also turned their backs on the LGBTQ community today by siding with a website designer who did not want to create a wedding website for gay couples.
“This hateful ruling shows that the court believes the LGBTQ community can be discriminated against, and it throws the door wide open to businesses to deny service to anyone they don’t like,” Cohen said. “The ILRC will continue to advocate to end discriminatory and hateful laws targeted at marginalized communities.”
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is a national nonprofit that works with immigrants, community organizations, legal professionals, and policy makers to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people. Through community education programs, legal training & technical assistance, and policy development & advocacy, the ILRC works to protect and defend the fundamental rights of immigrant families and communities.