The United States Justice Department, yet again reflected the known bigotry of its leadership, Donald J. Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Should be no surprise that the man, Sessions, whose career has delivered / supported racist, homophobic and xenophobic commentary or policy, filed a brief today with the Supreme Court in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. In its brief, the government argues that businesses have a right to discriminate against LGBT customers:
This is yet another shameful act on the part of the Sessions Justice Department, and reflects a bigoted Trump administration, a far cry from the leadership of President Barack Obama, who refused to defend homophobia by refraining from such briefs, leading his administration to side with marriage equality. Obama chose what proved to be Constitutionally correct. Sessions is in essence advocating for a constitutional right to discriminate against LGBTQI people. This is most disturbing for our LGBT community as we witness an administration defying our Constitution, turning its back on justice and fairness by working against our anti-discrimination laws, all the while defecating on our basic American values.
This has not been a proud week for Jeff Sessions who delivered the Trump message to dump #DACA, hurting 800,000 young immigrants and their families.
Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights – Issue: Whether applying Colorado’s public accommodations law to compel the petitioner to create expression that violates his sincerely held religious beliefs about marriage violates the free speech or free exercise clauses of the First Amendment.
SCOTUS BLOG on the case: http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/masterpiece-cakeshop-ltd-v-colorado-civil-rights-commn/
NEW YORK TIMES on SCOTUS agreeing to take the case:
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear an appeal from a Colorado baker with religious objections to same-sex marriage who had lost a discrimination case for refusing to create a cake to celebrate such a union.
The case will be a major test of a clash between laws that ban businesses open to the public from discriminating based on sexual orientation and claims of religious freedom. Around the nation, businesses like bakeries, florists and photography studios have said, so far with little success, that forcing them to serve gay couples violates their constitutional rights. READ MORE.
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