Rev. Al Sharpton Joins Growing Chorus of Voices Urging Businesses to Be #OpenToAll

By Shane Stahl • March 14, 2018 • 2:41 pm

High-profile faith leader and civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton has recently spoken out against LGBTQ discrimination, tweeting his belief that businesses must remain #OpentoAll, and that all people are deserving of equal treatment.

The tweet comes during “Open to All” Week, a week of public education efforts coordinated by the Open To All coalition, which works to raise awareness about why businesses open to the public must be open to everyone and treat people equally, including LGBTQ people. The coalition is related to the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case, which is being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court. A ruling is expected by late spring 2018.

Rev. Sharpton joins thousands of other faith leaders in taking a stand for equality as part of “Open to All” Week and beyond.

Late last year, more than 1,300 faith leaders supporting the same-sex couple involved in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, which concerns a same-sex couple who were refused service at a Colorado bakery because the owner claimed selling a cake to the couple would violate his religious beliefs about marriage for same-sex couples. Sharpton was included among the brief’s signers.

Freedom for All Americans is proud to have worked with the Religious Institute, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and many state and local organizations on supporting outreach for the brief. The brief makes a forceful argument for what’s at stake with this case — for LGBTQ people, for the faithful, and everybody else.

According to the brief, its signers “represent traditions rooted in centuries of American history and who affirm religious liberty, human dignity, and equal rights.”

To read the faith brief in full, click here.


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