The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Lakewood’s Masterpiece Cakeshop in a case that LGBTQ advocates and religious freedom advocates alike have been eyeing closely.
Masterpiece owner Jack …
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Colorado leaders reacted to the Supreme Court decision via social media and news releases on June 4. Here are some of their reactions:
"Today, the United States Supreme Court found that our State's Civil Rights Commission acted with hostility toward a citizen's free exercise of religion. In fact, the Court noted the unchallenged hostility toward religion by this group appointed by our Governor. The Court found that the very body charged with protecting the rights of our citizens acted with hostility toward those rights in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case.”
— U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma)
“The Supreme Court’s decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case is a setback, but its ruling is a narrow one, pertaining to one particular set of circumstances, and won’t end our efforts to ensure equal protections for all LGBTQ people. This Pride Month, and every day, we must keep fighting to ensure public places in our society are open to all – for my constituents Charlie Craig and David Mullins, the couple at the heart of this case who endured abhorrent discrimination, and for every member of this community.”
— U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Denver)
“The Court made its decision based on a specific set of facts and left open many legal questions. Unfortunately, those questions will have to be decided in future litigation.
"The Court did make clear, however, that States like Colorado may continue to protect the LGBTQ community, reaffirming principles my office has consistently defended for the past six years. The general rule was, and remains, that the First Amendment does not allow business owners to deny members of the community equal access to goods and services.”
— Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman (R-Denver)
“While I'm disappointed that we didn't see a clear decision in support of civil rights today, it's important to recognize that this is a narrow holding, and our statewide protections against discrimination are still the law of the land,”
— State House Speaker Crisanta Duran (D-Denver)
"While Republicans firmly supported the lawful aims of the Colorado Civil Rights Division, we pointed out the inherent conflicts of having a quasi-judicial body serve as prosecutor, judge and jury, accountable to only one elected official. Today, the Supreme Court provided us some vindication, saying the Commission’s anti-religious bias was both evident and wrong. As Republicans we advocate for the civil rights of all Coloradans, especially when an arm of the government is an obstacle to them."
— State House Minority Leader Patrick Neville (R-Castle Rock)
“I am very disappointed by the court's decision. While I realize the court was balancing religious liberty with the rights of gay people to be free from discrimination in the public sphere, the court got this one wrong.
"However, this isn't a victory for those attempting to undermine the civil rights of the gay community. Indeed, Justice Kagan (and the majority opinion) speak to the right for our gay brothers and sisters to be from discrimination. Period."
— Rep. Leslie Herod (D-Denver)
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