TFN Statement: Supreme Court’s Colorado Cakeshop Ruling Does Not Grant Businesses a Right to Use Religion to Discriminate

by Dan Quinn

Today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a Colorado case does not grant businesses a right to use religion to discriminate. We just sent out the following press release:

SUPREME COURT’S RULING IN COLORADO CAKESHOP CASE DOES NOT GRANT A RIGHT TO USE RELIGION TO DISCRIMINATE

Politicians Should Stop Trying to Misuse Religion to Hurt People

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 4, 2018

CONTACT: Dan Quinn, 512.322.0545, dan@tfn.org

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller has the following statement following today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission:

“Let’s be clear that this very narrow ruling does not say the Constitution gives businesses a right to use religion as a license to discriminate or an excuse to refuse to obey laws that apply to everyone else. Politicians who keep pushing for laws that would grant such a right betray the real meaning of religious freedom and turn it into a weapon to hurt people. Americans believe we are all equal under the law and that no one should be refused service simply because of who they are or whom they love.”

Texas lawmakers proposed at least 17 bills during the 2017 legislative session that would have allowed government officials, private individuals and businesses to use personal religious beliefs to justify discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Texans and other people. One passed, allowing religious adoption and foster care agencies to discriminate.

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