#OpenToAll Live Blog: LGBTQ Non-Discrimination at the U.S. Supreme Court in ‘Masterpiece’ CaseBy Shane Stahl • December 4, 2017 • 7:34 pm
THE CASE: At the heart of the case are two plaintiffs, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, a same-sex couple who attempted to buy a cake at Masterpiece Cakeshop to celebrate their wedding. The owner of the bakery, Jack Phillips, refused service to the two men, citing his religious beliefs against same sex marriage. The couple filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and won their case in several district courts. Phillips and his lawyers, however, petitioned the case to the Supreme Court, which granted review. In the meantime, the ACLU has taken up representation for the couple, and will be arguing for the plaintiffs in today’s proceedings. Activists are using #OpenToAll to share their support.
THE TIMELINE: The argument begins today at 10:00am ET. Each side will have 30 minutes of argument. For the petitioner, Kristen Kellie Waggoner of the Alliance Defending Freedom, an organization committed to rolling back protections for LGBTQ people, will argue for 20 minutes total, including rebuttal, and U.S. Solicitor General Noel J. Francisco will present arguments for 10 minutes. For respondents, Colorado Solicitor General Frederick R. Yarger and David Cole of the ACLU will evenly divide the time, with 15 minutes each. Meanwhile, from 8:00am ET until 12:00pm ET, a rally will take place outside of the Supreme Court in support of LGBTQ non-discrimination protections.
WHAT’S AT STAKE: Nondiscrimination laws across the country could be in jeopardy – not just for LGBTQ people, but anybody. A ruling against the plaintiffs has the potential to allow businesses to claim a religious exemption in order to refuse service to any group.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: Stay tuned to our blog for the latest developments outside the Court and immediately following arguments, and spread the word by sharing online with your friends and family members. You can also follow the FFAA Facebook page, follow us on Twitter @freedom4allusa, and keep up with all of the conversation at #OpenToAll.