Liberty Counsel Adds a Slice to Colorado Cake Case

Sep 7, 2017

Liberty Counsel filed an amicus brief today in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, in which the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the government can force a Lakewood, Colorado cake artist to use his artistic talents to create a wedding cake celebrating a same-sex ceremony.

This case will be heard this fall and could have a wide impact regarding the clash between religious freedom and the LGBT agenda, including laws that add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”

In July 2016, Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, asked the high court to take his case and rule whether the state’s “public accommodations” law violates the First Amendment by requiring him to create custom wedding cakes for same-sex weddings. The state law currently states that businesses open to the public may not deny service to customers based on their race, religion, sex or sexual orientation.

No federal law requires businesses to serve all customers without regard to their sexual orientation or gender identity. However, 21 states have “public accommodations” laws that include one or both phrases. They include California and six other states in the West, Illinois and three other states in the upper Midwest, and 10 states on the East Coast from Maryland to Maine. No state in the South or on the Great Plains has such a law.

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