In a 7-2 ruling, the Supreme Court decided that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated the rights of the Christian baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. A ruling siding with someone who denies services to LGBT people is discouraging to say the least, especially as the Pride season kicks off.
However, many are coming out to condemn the decision and lift up the LGBT community.
We are disappointed in today’s narrow #Masterpiece #SCOTUS decision. But let’s be clear: businesses do not have the right to discriminate against customers simply because of who they are or who they love. #OpenToAll https://t.co/I9KLveg4j2
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) June 4, 2018
I’m gay and agree with the #SCOTUS ruling. Masterpiece Cakeshop shouldn’t be forced to hide their disdain for LGBT monogamy. They should be subject to whatever scrutiny their *opinion* of it warrants. I want to know who disagrees with my lifestyle so I don’t give them my business
— Richard Armande Mills (RAM) (@RAMRANTS) June 4, 2018
Republicans want smaller and less intrusive government except when it comes to your body, partner or religion. They allow bigots to refuse service by sexual orientation and want to deny LGBT rights. Life, liberty and pursuit of happiness isn’t one size fits all #SCOTUS
— Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) June 4, 2018
All the bigots celebrating better put a cork in their champagne. It was a NARROW ruling specific to this case only. #SCOTUS did not give businesses a license to discriminate or “deny protected persons equal access to goods and services.”
— Ryan Knight (@ProudResister) June 4, 2018
Contrary to what you may read, #SCOTUS did not "rule in favor of the baker.” It ruled against the CO Commission. When it comes time for #SCOTUS to rule on the merits, it was clear: So-called "Religious Freedom" can't be used to nullify the dignity of gay people in the marketplace pic.twitter.com/CYWYvHs20d
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) June 4, 2018
Remember everyone, if you have a "sincerely held religious belief" against someone wearing a MAGA hat, you no longer have to provide service to them.
Anyone who has a problem with that should be against the Supreme Court's ruling today. It works both ways.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) June 4, 2018
yes hello I'd like to order 500 gay wedding cakes to be delivered to the Supreme Court please
— Jeff Tiedrich (@jefftiedrich) June 4, 2018
Pride month, right? If you thought the battle for LGBTQ rights ended with marriage equality, this is one of the hundreds of ways you were wrong. This fucking country.
There is no excuse for not actively resisting this administration. None. https://t.co/dSDPcgul5j
— Ijeoma Oluo (@IjeomaOluo) June 4, 2018
No business should be allowed to discriminate against any American based on who they are or who they love. Our constitution requires equal protection under the law. Full stop. https://t.co/fkGGs1pYXs
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 4, 2018
Bigot the Baker wins his case!
So does this mean that the rest of us don't have to hire people like him whose "religion" is nothing more than scorn for people who are different? Religious freedom works both ways. Right?https://t.co/ysewXztwxN
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) June 4, 2018
Though freedom of religion is an American value, discrimination is not. While this #SCOTUS decision does not change existing civil rights protections, it leaves the door wide open for religious exemptions to be used against LGBTQ people.
— Sarah Kate Ellis (@sarahkateellis) June 4, 2018
More to come.