Charlie Craig and David Mullins were planning their wedding reception and went to Masterpiece Cakeshop to order their wedding cake. The bakery turned them away, using religion as as the justification to refuse to serve the couple.
The Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Colorado Court of Appeals determined the bakery violated a state civil-rights law when it turned the couple away.
In the June 2018 decision, the Supreme Court held that the commission’s decision-making process was biased. The Court did not rule that religion can be used to harm others or undermine antidiscrimination laws. The Supreme Court itself recognized that disputes such as this one must be resolved “without subjecting [LGBTQ] persons to indignities when they seek goods and services in an open market.”
There are more cases like Masterpiece in courts across the country right now, and we will continue to fight on behalf of people facing discrimination in the name of religion. We will continue to fight in the courts and the legislatures to ensure that religion isn’t used to harm others.
Our country is strongest when we are all free to practice our religion, or no religion, as we choose—without hurting others.
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