Monday, June 26, 2017

Supreme Court Will Hear ACLU Case About Cake Shop Refusing Service to Same-Sex Couple

Normally I would be voicing my outrage that in 2017 we would still be having to go court over what is essentially a "NO COLOREDS ALLOWED" sign being dusted off and hung up again. (And in Colorado, no less, a blue state!) But if this case is properly adjudicated, it could finally shut down once and for all this bullshit "religious freedom" argument bigots have been trying to use. But I said "if." We're lucky Justice Kennedy, who has been the voice of reason on these matters, is still on the court. But should he decide to resign this summer, there's no telling how much damage the "new" Roberts court could inflict before it's over -- potentially setting the civil rights movement back 55 years. Is this really what we get for suggesting people stop calling black people the N-word, gay people the F-word and women "girls"?

The American Civil Liberties Union writes:
The Supreme Court today announced it will review a decision from the Colorado Court of Appeals that found that a cake shop discriminated against a same-sex couple by refusing to sell them a wedding cake.

In 2012, Colorado residents David Mullins and Charlie Craig visited Masterpiece Cakeshop to order a wedding cake. Mullins and Craig planned to marry in Massachusetts and then celebrate with family and friends back home. Masterpiece owner Jack Phillips informed the couple that, because of his religious beliefs, it was his standard business practice to refuse to provide cakes for same-sex weddings. Phillips had turned away several other couples for the same reason.

“This has always been about more than a cake. Businesses should not be allowed to violate the law and discriminate against us because of who we are and who we love,” said Mullins. His husband, Craig, added, “While we’re disappointed that the courts continue debating the simple question of whether LGBT people deserve to be treated like everyone else, we hope that our case helps ensure that no one has to experience being turned away simply because of who they are.”

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Colorado represent Mullins and Craig in the case. Under Colorado law, businesses open to the public like Masterpiece Cakeshop may not refuse service based on factors including race, sex, national origin, or sexual orientation. After Mullins and Craig won, the Colorado Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal.

“The law is squarely on David and Charlie’s side because when businesses are open to the public, they’re supposed to be open to everyone,” said James Esseks, director of the ACLU’s LGBT Project.
“While the right to one’s religious beliefs is fundamental, a license to discriminate is not. Same-sex couples like David and Charlie deserve to be treated with the same dignity and respect as anyone else, and we’re ready to take that fight all the way to the Supreme Court.”
For those playing the home version of the game, Neil Gorsuch is already going after LGBT rights. Read HERE.


Matthew said...

Yes, this IS what we get. The opposition is fueled by racism and homophobia and misogyny. In that order, IMHO. If black people were left out of health care, for example, there's no way the people opposed to Obamacare would have been opposed to it. Period. Same with all social programs. They'd rather cut off their black nose to spite their white face.

Anonymous said...

For a cake baker: fucking hypocricy, unless they refuse all adulterers, 2nd weddings, etc.
If it were a photographer who would have to go to the venue and be there for the wedding and reception:
You know, I would be just fine with, "Congratulations and we wish you the best, but I have to tell you, because our beliefs are different, we would be uncomfortable to do this, and it would be hard to do our best work for you."
In other words, I would let people who are respectful off the hook, and slam to hell anyone who told me that doing my wedding would mess up their relationship with Jesus, like the lying cunt in WA State

Bob K

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