By: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
The U.S. Supreme Court is currently reviewing Masterpiece Cakeshop vs Colorado Civil Rights Commission and LGBTQ activists are concerned that with a conservative majority on the court, their decision could set America back 50 years and they are not taking any chances!
Over 80 pro-LGBTQ organizations are determined to make sure Americans know what is at stake on how the U.S. Supreme Court ruling about a Colorado bakery being allowed to hide behind his religious beliefs to deny services to LGBTQ consumers could threaten the landmark 1968 court decision ending discrimination.
In fact the Open to All Alliance says….”As a nation, we decided a long time ago that when a business opens its doors to the public, it should be open to everyone, on the same terms. But a case now before the Supreme Court wants to take us back to the days when businesses could tell people, “We don’t serve your kind here.” Masterpiece Cakeshop is arguing that it should have a constitutional right to discriminate against customers simply because of who they are. That’s why we all need to get involved. This case paves the way to eroding the federal Civil Rights Act and dismantling state and federal laws intended to protect people of color, women, religious minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT people and others from discrimination.”
The pro-LGBTQ groups have just released their latest campaign in a new spot below which draws comparisons between the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, where a baker used the excuse of his religious beliefs for his reason for refusing to create a wedding cake for an LGBT couple for their wedding and the 1968′s civil rights case of Newman v. Piggie Park Enterprises ruling.
Exactly 50 years ago this week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the founder of Piggie Park barbecue chain in South Carolina Maurice Bessinger, indeed discriminated against a black American customer, John W. Mungin. Mungin who was a Baptist minister, was told at gun point to leave a Piggie Park franchise because Maurice Bessinger believed that races should be kept segregated.
Produced in conjunction with the LGBT Movement Advancement Project and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the new ad shows that using the “Free exercise of Religion Argument” does not give a person or organization a license to discriminate.
Watch the New Spot “Will We Go Back?” Below.
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