Small Business Leaders Defend LGBTQ Non-Discrimination & Equal Treatment for All
Across the country, small business leaders are speaking out about the need for LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination law. An upcoming Supreme Court case has shined the spotlight now more than ever on the need to treat all customers equally and with respect – and small business owners know that businesses open to the public must be open to everyone.
In October, a friend-of-the-court brief featuring the voices of small business owners – led by Main Street Alliance, an organization representing small businesses across the country, the American Independent Business Alliance, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce – was submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The case concerns a Denver baker who refused to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple, attempting to create a right to discriminate based on religious grounds out of thin air. The case is currently scheduled for oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on December 5.
Read the stories below of a diverse array of small business voices represented by the brief and beyond: