Friday, August 14, 2015

Appeals court settles cake discrimination case

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 at 9:17 AM

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In case you missed it: The Colorado Court of Appeals has upheld the decision of the state’s Civil Rights Commission in Craig and Mullins v. Masterpiece Cakeshop, ruling that the cake shop owners have to provide the same services to everyone regardless of their sexual orientation.

The case is rooted in the Masterpiece's owners' refusal to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple.

Various groups are abuzz about the ruling and sending out statements. Here's a sampling:

From National Center from Lesbian Rights (NCLR) Senior Staff Attorney Christopher F. Stoll:

It is wrong for public businesses to refuse service to customers because of who they are. As the court’s decision today recognizes, businesses’ decisions to turn away customers based on irrelevant factors like race, sex, or sexual orientation have a negative effect on the economy and lead to unacceptable economic and social division. For more than 50 years, our laws have recognized the severe harm to individuals and society that occurs when businesses discriminate against customers. We congratulate our colleagues at the ACLU LGBT Rights Project and the ACLU of Colorado for this important victory.

From the Anti-Defamation League Mountain States Regional Director Scott L. Levin:

No one should be turned away from a business simply because of who they are and who they love. Colorado’s non-discrimination laws were designed to make sure every Coloradan is treated fairly and equally. Today’s ruling affirms the importance of those non-discrimination laws.

From Ria Mar, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT Project, who argued the case: 

Today is a proud day for equality and for upholding the law. In America, no one should be turned away from a shop or restaurant because of who they are or who they love. When every lesbian or gay person, every woman, every person of color, every person of every faith can walk into a store, a bank, a hospital, and know that they will get the same service as everyone else, we will have won. Until then, we continue to fight for the equal treatment we all deserve. Today we can celebrate this big win.

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