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Over the course of the past month, our team has worked on a “friend of the court” brief to the Supreme Court in the case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The Masterpiece Cakeshop case poses the question: Does the First Amendment allow a business refuse to provide service to someone for being gay? We do not think so; in fact, this argument has been made before in employment law to defend sexist and racist business practices. Courts rejected that argument then, and we believe the Supreme Court should reject the argument now.
That is why we wrote this brief on behalf of the Civil Rights Forum, a voluntary association of over sixty civil rights attorneys. As civil rights attorneys, we are dedicated in our opposition to discrimination, whatever form it might take. You can read our brief here: