Chairman Crowley Statement on Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court Case

Chairman Crowley Statement on Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court Case

(Queens, NY) – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) released the following statement on the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission Supreme Court decision, which found that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated Jack Phillips’ religious freedom by ruling against him when he discriminated against a gay couple:

“It’s extremely disappointing that the Supreme Court ruled today against civil rights and in favor of discrimination. We’ve made incredible progress as a nation on securing the innate rights of members of the LGBTQ community. Taking a step back, especially during LGBTQ Pride Month, is disappointing and a clear sign we must continue the fight to ensure everyone has the right to love who they love and be who they are, without consequence.

“While this decision was specific to the circumstances of this case, I want the future to be a place where we honor the right of all Americans to have access to goods and services without discrimination based on their sexual orientation. And while it is paramount that we respect each other’s religious beliefs, it cannot be at the expense of the rights of others.

“Democrats will keep working on behalf of all Americans to ensure that no matter one’s sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, or religion, they have the same rights and freedoms. We can all work together to prevent discriminatory acts.”

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