Religious freedom is about fairness.
Using religion to discriminate against LGBTQ couples is not fair.
Charlie Craig and David Mullins were planning their wedding reception and went to Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver, Colorado, to order their wedding cake. The bakery turned them away, using religion as an excuse to refuse to serve the couple.
Religious freedom is about fairness. It is not fair for businesses to treat customers as second-class citizens and that’s true regardless of who they love.
A Colorado state court ruled that the bakery doesn’t have a religious freedom right to ignore state law that bars discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The bakery asked the Supreme Court to hear the case and the Court agreed to do so. Oral arguments took place on December 5, 2017.
Religious freedom is a fundamental American value. For many, finding a partner and getting married are also fundamental parts of the American dream. Our country can and should deliver both.
Americans United is standing with Charlie and David. We filed a brief with both the Colorado state court and the Supreme Court in support of the couple. Religious freedom does not give anyone a right to discriminate.