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.

The baker’s refusal to serve the couple, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, was in direct violation of Colorado’s civil rights laws – as the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the state administrative court, and the Colorado Court of Appeals found. The Colorado Supreme Court denied Masterpiece’s appeal.

Kasey Suffredini, Acting CEO and President of Strategy for Freedom for All Americans, said today:

“No one should have to face the embarrassment that Charlie and David endured during what should be one of the most exciting and joyful times in their lives. Colorado law is written to ensure everyone has the right to live their lives and provide for their families without having to fear discrimination. The Trump Administration’s amicus brief is just its latest attack on the rights and freedoms of LGBTQ Americans.”

Since his inauguration, Trump has rescinded an Education Department guidance that instructed schools to allow transgender students to use the restrooms and take part in activities that match their gender identity. And, in his now infamous string of tweets, Trump issued a ban on transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. Armed Forces to the dismay of military leaders, elected officials, veterans and Americans across the board.

A wrong ruling from the Supreme Court will pave the way for legal discrimination against many marginalized citizens, including those who are LGBTQ.

Suffredini added: “We must do everything we can to ensure that every American, including LGBTQ Americans, can live their lives and provide for their families without the constant fear of discrimination. Freedom for All Americans is proudly working with individuals, nonprofit organizations, houses of worship and businesses across the nation to shine a light on why the Supreme Court should rule in favor of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.”

The ACLU is representing Charlie and David before the Supreme Court, and oral arguments are expected later this year.


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