Press Release: Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

No business has a license to discriminate
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
June 4th, 2018
 

Contact: Jennifer L. Kent, Managing Attorney, FreeState Justice, jkent@freestate-justice.org 410-625-5428 ext. 13.

Baltimore, MD — Today, the Supreme Court affirmed a fundamental principle of American democracy: that discrimination against LGBTQ Americans and other protected persons has no place in our society.  Businesses must be open to all. This morning’s ruling on Masterpiece Cakeshop LTD. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission (CCCR) reversed the CCCR’s finding that a baker’s refusal to provide a wedding cake for Charlie Craig and David Mullins’ wedding violated Colorado’s nondiscrimination law, but only because of the highly unusual anti-religious remarks made by certain members of the CCCR during the proceedings.

Although the Court ultimately ruled for the baker because of those comments, it also affirmed the role of state nondiscrimination laws to protect LGBTQ Americans from discrimination. In fact, the Supreme Court took care to highlight the right of LGBT Americans to be treated with the same dignity and respect as any other American. Indeed, they emphasize that our “laws and Constitution can, and in some cases must protect them in their exercise of their civil rights.”

“At FreeState, we see the devastation wrought when businesses are not open to all. We will continue to make sure that Maryland’s long-standing public accommodations law are shored up and protect LGBTQ Marylanders,” said Mark Procopio, FreeState Justice Executive Director.

Jennifer Kent, FreeState Justice Managing Attorney said, “Ultimately, Masterpiece is about the procedural failings of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.  However, I am heartened that the Court, in a six-member decision, recognized both the rights of LGBT Americans to be free from discrimination and the core role that nondiscrimination laws have in protecting LGBT citizens.”

All media inquiries should be directed to Jennifer Kent, Managing Attorney, FreeState Justice 410-625-5428 ext. 13.

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