Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Using Religious Freedom to Sanction LGBT Discrimination Could Head to Supreme Court - BLACK ENTERPRISE

by Carolyn M. Brown 
Originally published: August 2, 2016

In 2012, Masterpiece Cake Shop owner, Jack Phillips, cited his Christian beliefs, when he turned away a gay couple who came to his Colorado shop for a wedding cake. When he was sued for denying the couple service based on their sexual orientation, an administrative law judge found Phillips in violation of the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA).

Phillips has now filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court, after Colorado state’s highest court declined to hear his case, the Denver Post reports.

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“No one—not Jack or anyone else—should be forced by the government to further a message that they cannot in good conscience promote,” said attorney Jeremy Tedesco, in a statement from Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).