In the Case of Cake
En el caso del pastel

  • English
  • Español

In the Case of Cake

New York News Connection | Andrea Sears

Baker Jack Phillips.

Baker Jack Phillips.

A national coalition of organizations says a case before the U.S. Supreme Court poses a major risk to civil rights.

The nation’s highest court is hearing arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case in which Colorado cake shop owners claim that requiring them to sell a cake for a same-sex wedding reception would violate their religious beliefs and their right to free speech.

According to Ineke Mushovic, Executive Director of the Movement Advancement Project, the case is about much more than wedding cakes. She said a ruling for the cake shop could pave the way for dismantling federal and state non-discrimination laws.

“If the Supreme Court agrees with the bakery, businesses would gain a constitutionally protected right to discriminate that couldn’t be undone with a legislative fix,” Mushovic said.

More than 75 organizations have joined in the “Open to All” campaign to raise public awareness about the risk they believe the case presents to non-discrimination laws.

Mushovic compared the effort to the successful campaign to block passage of a bill in Indiana that would have carved out religious exemptions to civil rights law in that state.

“What we need to see here is that same level of engagement, that same level of public understanding,” she said, “so that we can start to turn the tide in terms of the understanding and support for the couple in this case.”

Advocates in protest.

Advocates in protest.

An amicus brief supporting the cake shop owners, filed on behalf of 20 states, argued that the government cannot compel private artistic expression, such as a wedding cake.

The U.S. Justice Department, presently headed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, filed its own amicus brief making a similar claim. ‎

Mushovic argued that, while many view this as a case involving the rights of a same-sex couple, hatred based on race, religion and nationality is growing in this country.

“Once we open the door to eroding our civil rights protections, that erosion is not just going to stop with LGBT people,” she said.

For more information, please visit www.opentoall.com.

En el caso del pastel

New York News Connection | Andrea Sears

The case is before the U.S. Supreme Court.

El caso está ante el Tribunal Supremo de
EE.UU.

Una coalición nacional de organizaciones dice que un caso ante la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos plantea un gran riesgo para los derechos civiles.

El tribunal más alto del país escucha argumentos en el caso Pastelería Masterpiece vs. la Comisión de Derechos Civiles de Colorado, uno en el que los propietarios de pasteles de Colorado afirman que requerirles vender un pastel para una recepción nupcial del mismo sexo violaría sus creencias religiosas y su derecho a la libertad de expresión.

Según Ineke Mushovic, directora ejecutiva del Proyecto Movement Advancement, el caso es mucho más que pasteles de boda. Dijo que un fallo a favor de l