WASHINGTON ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST AT 10:00 AM, Members of Congress announce an amicus brief in support of civil rights protections for historically marginalized groups. The case focuses on whether a business can legally discriminate against customers based on sexual orientation, race, religion and ability, among others, by citing First Amendment protections for "sincerely" held religious beliefs.
In 2012, same-sex couple Charlie Craig and David Mullins were denied a wedding cake by Masterpiece Cakeshop because of their sexual orientation. The shop's owner, Jack Phillips, cited religious objections to same-sex marriage as a justification for his refusal. A Colorado court ruled that the shop could not deny services to individuals based on their sexual orientation, and required the shop to provide staff training and issue reports on steps taken to come into compliance with the ruling. Masterpiece Cakeshop has appealed the decision, and the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on December 5th.
View document at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/MasterpieceCakeshopAmici.pdf .