In just a few short months, the Supreme Court will be hearing a case that is monumental for LGBTQ rights. In the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, Supreme Court justices will be deciding the future of equality in America. They will decide whether businesses have a constitutional right to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation.
The case goes back to an incident from July 2012 when David Mullins and Charlie Craig visited Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado hoping to order a cake for their wedding reception. The owner of the cake shop refused to fulfill their order as he claimed that his religious beliefs prohibited him from honoring a same-sex marriage. He suggested that the gay couple should go to another bakery for their wedding cake. The owner later told the Supreme Court that the First Amendment protects his free speech and religious rights.
Charlie and David were refused service simply because they were gay. Had they been a heterosexual couple, the bakery would have gladly accepted their order. This is pure discrimination based on sexual orientation and should not be upheld by the law.
“Any change that would authorize discrimination in this case would undermine the nation’s civil rights laws. It would essentially permit Masterpiece Cakeshop to put in its window a sign that says, “Wedding Cakes for Heterosexuals Only.” It would mean allowing the Constitution to be used to protect discrimination.” ~ ACLU Blog