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Litigation Tracker: Public Accommodations Discrimination

Take a look at all the public accommodations-focused litigation related to LGBTQ non-discrimination that Freedom for All Americans is tracking. For every LGBTQ-related case, visit Equality Case Files.



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Hands On Originals v. Baker

Case Seeking Religious Exemption From Local Nondiscrimination Ordinance

Key Date: May 12, 2017 • Kentucky Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Plaintiff
Status: Pending Appeal Before the Kentucky Supreme Court
Legal Team: Alliance Defending Freedom
Type: Public Accommodations Discrimination

In May 2017, the Kentucky Appeals Court overturned a lower ruling that determined Hands On Originals had discriminated against an LGBTQ organization when it refused to print t-shirts for a Pride organization.

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Telescope Media Group v. Lindsey

Case Seeking Religious Exemption from LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Laws

Key Date: October 16, 2018 • Oral Argument Before 8th Circuit
Status: Awaiting Ruling from 8th Circuit
Legal Team: Alliance Defending Freedom
Type: Public Accommodations Discrimination

Carl and Angel Larsen own a video production company but seeks to preempt Minnesota's Human Rights Act (MHRA) which prevents discrimination in business.

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Department of Fair Employment and Housing vs. Cathy’s Creations, dba Tastries Inc.

Case Concerning Public Accommodations Discrimination

Key Date: June 19, 2018 • Awaiting Appeal
Status: Awaiting Appeal
Legal Team: Freedom of Conscience Fund
Type: Public Accommodations Discrimination

On June 19, 2018, the state department in the case dropped their appeal of a ruling from a County Superior Court Judge in favor of the defendant. However, the couple intends to appeal the decision on their own.

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Cervelli v. Aloha Bed & Breakfast

Case Concerning Public Accommodations Discrimination

Key Date: July 11, 2018 • Petition for Review by Hawaii Supreme Court Filed By Defendants
Status: Pending Appeal Before Hawaii Supreme Court
Legal Team: Lambda Legal
Type: Public Accommodations Discrimination

In February 2018, the Hawaii Court of Appeals upheld a decision from the First Circuit Court of Hawaii in 2013 that Aloha Bed & Breakfast had violated the state's public accommodations law and ordering that the business stop discriminating against same sex couples. ADF has filed a petition for review before the Hawaii Supreme Court, with Lambda Legal expected to file their response soon.

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Brush & Nib Studio v. City of Phoenix

Case Seeking Religious Exemption from LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Laws

Key Date: July 11, 2018 • Plaintiffs Seek AZ Supreme Court Review
Status: Pending Appeal to the Arizona Supreme Court by Plaintiff
Legal Team: Alliance Defending Freedom
Type: Public Accommodations Discrimination

On June 7, Alliance Defending Freedom indicated it would appeal to the AZ Supreme Court following the Arizona Court of Appeals' ruling, which upheld the city of Phoenix's nondiscrimination ordinance that protects LGBTQ from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations.

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Country Mill Farms v. City of East Lansing

Case Seeking Religious Exemption from LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Laws

Key Date: September 15, 2017 • Order Issued in Favor of
Status: Awaiting Further Action
Legal Team: Alliance Defending Freedom
Type: Public Accommodations Discrimination

The business owner would like to participate in farmer's markets within East Lansing, but in doing so would like to be exempt from abiding by the city's LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance.

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303 Creative v. Elenis

Case Seeking Religious Exemption from LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Laws

Key Date: August 14, 2018 • State's Motion to Dismiss Granted
Status: Remanded to District Court for Ruling
Legal Team: Alliance Defending Freedom
Type: Public Accommodations Discrimination

The business owner, a graphic designer, says the non-discrimination law forces her to promote marriages between same-sex couples and so she has filed a preemptive lawsuit.

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Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

Case Seeking Religious Exemptions from LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Laws

Key Date: June 4, 2018 • U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Issued
Status: Resolved after SCOTUS ruling that CO mishandled the case
Legal Team: American Civil Liberties Union
Type: Public Accommodations Discrimination

Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission concerns a business owner in Colorado who denied service to a same-sex couple because of their sexual orientation. The business owner seeks a religious exemption to a longstanding non-discrimination law in Colorado prohibiting discrimination in public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 

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