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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New Polling Shows Majority of Americans Oppose Religious-Based Refusals of Service

By Megan Clayton • October 12, 2017, 4:23 pm A non-partisan organization has released more evidence underlining Americans’ strong national opposition to restricting rights for LGBT people.
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U.S. Supreme Court Schedules Oral Argument in Case of Business Seeking to Deny Service to LGBTQ People

By Adam Polaski • October 7, 2017, 6:39 am Oral argument in the case – when attorneys will make the case that no business should be able to deny service to same-sex couples or anyone just because of who they are – will be held Tuesday, December 5 in Washington, D.C.
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Six Times Courts Ruled That Anti-LGBTQ Religious Refusal Policies Are Discrimination

By Megan Clayton • September 8, 2017, 1:01 am Take a look below at six significant legal victories in cases where opponents of LGBTQ equality failed to succeed in their efforts to create a carveout from a non-discrimination law.
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Trump’s Department of Justice Files Brief to Supreme Court Advocating for Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • September 7, 2017, 5:32 pm President Donald Trump is once again turning his attention to undermining legal equality for the LGBTQ community. The Trump administration today filed an amicus brief in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The administration filed in support of the baker who refused to serve a couple because they are gay.
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Two Years After His Death, We Remember Julian Bond’s Words Against Religious Refusal Proposals

By Adam Polaski • August 15, 2017, 11:33 am We've been here before, Julian Bond argued often throughout his life – we've seen businesses and individuals many times cite their religious beliefs in order to discriminate against people of color, women, and interracial couples. 
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U.S. Supreme Court Grants Review in Case of Baker Seeking Religious Exemption from LGBT Law

By Adam Polaski • June 26, 2017, 9:49 am When considering the case, the U.S. Supreme Court must consider the reality that many courts and commissions have affirmed in this specific case that Masterpiece Cakeshop is in no way entitled to a religious exemption from the Colorado Public Accommodations Law.