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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THIS WEEKEND: 100+ Congregations Celebrate National Weekend of Prayer for LGBTQ Justice Before SCOTUS Case

By Adam Polaski • December 2, 2017, 9:57 am Throughout the weekend of prayer, faith leaders, congregations, and clergy are dedicating their services, sermons, and prayers to LGBTQ nondiscrimination and the importance of equal treatment for all.
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Montel Williams Narrates New Video About LGBTQ Supreme Court Case in #OpenToAll Campaign

By Adam Polaski • December 1, 2017, 11:41 am "As a conservative, I believe in personal freedom and limited government. As a black American, I know how it feels to face discrimination because of who you are."
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Across the Country, 500+ Small Businesses Support LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Protections

By Adam Polaski • November 30, 2017, 11:32 am Days before the United States Supreme Court argument in 'Masterpiece Cakeshop,' 500+ small businesses are uniting to show their support for LGBTQ nondiscrimination.
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Freedom for All Americans Joins #OpenToAll Campaign Ahead of Landmark Arguments in ‘Masterpiece’

By Adam Polaski • November 29, 2017, 1:49 pm Freedom for All Americans is standing with other LGBTQ organizations and allies from across the country today in joining the #OpenToAll campaign, a coalition effort aimed at highlighting the broad support for laws that ensure all Americans are treated equally.
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We’ve Seen This Before: Masterpiece Arguments Echo Prior Non-Discrimination Fights

By George Simpson • November 27, 2017, 1:06 pm On December 5, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case that could have dramatic consequences for the movement to secure LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination protections nationwide.
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Giving Thanks and Moving Forward in the Movement for LGBTQ Non-Discrimination

By Shane Stahl • November 22, 2017, 11:59 am Today on Thanksgiving,  Freedom For All Americans is focusing all that we have to be grateful for.
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Small Business Leaders Defend LGBTQ Non-Discrimination & Equal Treatment for All

November 10, 2017, 10:25 am

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.

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Mississippi Architect: Why Discrimination is Bad for Business

November 3, 2017, 6:50 pm Though Jeff thinks it’s important to draw upon his expertise if a client is making a bad decision about a building project, he explained that “in no way, shape, or form would I ever consider (nor do I think anyone should consider) telling people they’re living a certain way or the wrong way.
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Members of Congress File Amicus Brief in Colorado Discrimination Case

By Shane Stahl • November 1, 2017, 4:47 pm This week more than 200 members of Congress submitted an amicus brief in support of LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination protections to the United States Supreme Court.
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Nearly 1,300 Faith Leaders File SCOTUS Brief Saying Religious Beliefs Do Not Justify Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • October 31, 2017, 7:07 pm Nearly 1,300 clergy and faith leaders representing 500,000 congregants from approximately 50 unique faith traditions across the U.S. joined together this week to send a clear message that businesses open to the public must serve all.
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Colorado Photographer Outlines Difference Between Art and Commerce in LGBTQ Discrimination Case

October 31, 2017, 6:37 pm "No one is preventing this baker from creating beautiful cake works of art. No one is infringing on that right. But as soon as he put up that shingle and said, 'I'm a bakery, open for business, it's different."
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Thousands of Voices Relay Support for LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in U.S. Supreme Court Case

By Adam Polaski • October 30, 2017, 6:59 pm The briefs speak with a unified message: Americans want to be sure that all people, including LGBTQ people, are treated fairly and equally when accessing public businesses.
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Small Businesses Support LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in U.S. Supreme Court Case

By Adam Polaski • October 30, 2017, 3:11 pm Freedom for All Americans is proud to have partnered with these organizations on the development and outreach for this brief, amplifying the argument and identifying key small businesses to add their voices and stories to the narrative. 
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Colorado’s Republican Attorney General Defends LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Brief to Supreme Court

By Adam Polaski • October 25, 2017, 4:02 pm "Nondiscrimination is not a Democratic or Republican value — it’s about freedom and opportunity for all and the right of all families to work hard and care for themselves."
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Colorado Civil Rights Commission & ACLU Defend LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Law in Supreme Court Briefs

By Adam Polaski • October 24, 2017, 9:42 am On October 23 the respondents in the United States Supreme Court case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission filed their opening briefs outlining why Colorado's state law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity should remain intact.