Content Filed Under: Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Craig and Mullins in June 2018, providing a narrow win for a business owner in Colorado who denied service to a same-sex couple because of their sexual orientation, but in the opinion authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that discrimination against LGBTQ people is itself unlawful. The business owner sought a religious exemption to a longstanding non-discrimination law in Colorado prohibiting discrimination in public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Here’s a look at the history of the case, brought forward by the ACLU:

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The LGBTQ Cases to Watch at the U.S. Supreme Court This Term

By Adam Polaski • October 1, 2018, 4:17 pm The Supreme Court could hear any number of cases concerning LGBTQ nondiscrimination during their upcoming term — take a look at our analysis here.
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Department of Labor Guidance Will Hand Government Contractors a License to Discriminate

By Shane Stahl • August 17, 2018, 10:07 am The directive contradicts previous promises made by the Trump administration in January, 2017.
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Announces Formation of ‘Religious Liberty Task Force’ in Latest Attempt to Discriminate Against LGBTQ Americans

By Shane Stahl • July 30, 2018, 4:59 pm The task force, taken with the guidance released last year, represents the latest steps DOJ is taking to undermine legal equality for LGBTQ Americans.
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In the Wake of Masterpiece Cakeshop Ruling, ABC Asks ‘What Would You Do?’

By Shane Stahl • June 27, 2018, 10:53 am Segment features actors as a lesbian couple and a discriminatory baker.
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This Week in Nondiscrimination: NH Governor Signs Protections Into Law, A Major Supreme Court Ruling, Litigation Updates, and New MA Polling

By Shane Stahl • June 8, 2018, 6:27 pm A compilation of weekly news regarding nondiscrimination for the first full week of June, 2018.
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What ‘Masterpiece’ Means: Key Interpretations and Analyses of Monday’s Decision

By Shane Stahl • June 5, 2018, 3:33 pm Following Monday’s ruling by the Supreme Court in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, several analysts have begun to offer their interpretation of the high court’s decision.
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Supporters of LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Share Their Reactions to Masterpiece Decision

By Shane Stahl • June 4, 2018, 2:22 pm Following this morning’s Supreme Court ruling in the Masterpiece case, where the justices ruled in favor of the bakery – but, crucially, kept existing nondiscrimination laws intact, limiting the decision to this case alone – a number of elected officials, and others have taken to social media to voice their reactions.
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In Narrow ‘Masterpiece Cakeshop’ Decision Supreme Court Sides with Bakery While Recognizing Harms of Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • June 4, 2018, 10:59 am The Court’s decision is limited specifically to this one case and calls into question actions from the Colorado Civil Rights Commission – but it leaves intact Colorado’s LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination protections, as well as similar protections in 18 states and 200+ cities and towns.
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Highs and Lows of the 2018 Legislative Session for LGBTQ Nondiscrimination

By Shane Stahl • June 2, 2018, 4:44 pm A look at the Highs and Lows of the 2018 Legislative Session – and how everything that happened this year builds momentum toward future gains and fuels the LGBTQ movement for the months and years to come.

Ohio Couple Bakes With Pride – Inclusivity is Icing on the Cake

April 30, 2018, 3:27 pm Ohio entrepreneurs Letha and Wendy Pugh, owners of Bake Me Happy gluten-free bakery, talk about what being inclusive means to them, and how their artistic expression isn't compromised by catering to people from all walks of life.
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Small Business Week: A Time to Recognize the Importance of LGBTQ Inclusion

By Shane Stahl • April 29, 2018, 10:18 am To engage in Small Business Week and recognize these businesses who have taken a stand against discrimination, Freedom For All Americans will be highlighting many of our partners through story collections, a selection of in-depth profiles, op-eds from leaders, and more.
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This Legal Case is ADF’s Latest Desperate Attempt to Roll Back LGBTQ Protections

By Shane Stahl • April 23, 2018, 6:19 pm Take a closer look at the '303 Creative' case, the latest anti-LGBTQ argument being pushed by ADF (Alliance Defending Freedom), one of the nation's most powerful organizations advocating for shameful discrimination against LGBTQ Americans.
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New Ad From Movement Advancement Project Highlights “Open to All” Business Campaign

By Shane Stahl • March 13, 2018, 1:37 pm Our partners at the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) today released a new ad featuring small business owners as part of their “Open to All” campaign, the effort to promote businesses being inclusive of LGBTQ people.
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Nine Ways Freedom for All Americans Advanced LGBTQ Equal Treatment in 2017

By Shane Stahl • December 21, 2017, 1:40 pm The LGBTQ community fought battles to protect our progress and advance equality at the local, state and federal levels in 2017. The entire team at Freedom For All Americans was proud to support or lead on these efforts along the way.
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D.C.’s Oldest Brewery, DC Brau: Discrimination is Bad for Business

By Shane Stahl • December 8, 2017, 10:24 am DC Brau is just one of hundreds of businesses who are working with Freedom For All Americans on our new Small Businesses Against LGBTQ Discrimination program.