National LGBTQ organizations quickly respond to the disappointing outcome in the Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court announced today with the Court ruling against equality. By a vote of 7 to 2, the court ruled in favor of the bakery with Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor the only justices opposing.
Reactions have been swift as national leaders denounce the decision.
Today Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Institute, released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission:
“Today is a sad day for America and especially for LGBTQ youth who have grown up believing in the inevitable move toward fairness and justice for our community. That path toward justice ebbs and flows, and today the Supreme Court led us away from one of the basic tenants of American idealism – that all are treated equally. While the Supreme Court made a narrow ruling focused exclusively on a state agency’s treatment of a Colorado baker, opponents of equality will use it to try and open the floodgates. Homophobic forces will purposefully over-interpret the ruling and challenge existing non-discrimination laws by refusing service to LGBTQ people in even more situations – denying them dinner at a restaurant, lodging at a hotel, or renting an apartment.
“State and local civil rights enforcement offices are now on the frontlines in protecting LGBTQ people from widespread discrimination, so it is critical we pressure elected leaders to fully fund these agencies and ensure they have the resources to push back on attempts at discrimination. LGBTQ elected officials like Colorado State Rep. Leslie Herod have led efforts to build up state and local enforcement agencies, and now we need all elected officials who support equality to prioritize these offices given today’s ruling. Our representatives must respond.”
Mark Snyder, Director of Communciations, Equality Federation:
Today the Supreme Court issued a ruling in the case of a baker who refused to serve a same-sex couple in the Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case.
While the Court’s narrow, 7-2 decision does not create a new license to discriminate, it also does not address the discrimination that millions of Americans still face. In more than half the country, our state laws do not explicitly protect LGBTQ Americans from discrimination in stores and restaurants, in the workplace, or in housing.
Rebecca Isaacs, Executive Director of Equality Federation said, “Some will use this narrow ruling as fuel to divide us, but America is stronger when we work together and remain united for fairness across our differences in race, faith, and types of families. It is critical that we continue to fight discrimination. Full equality is our mission and that is what Equality Federation and our member organizations in every state will continue to achieve one step at a time.”