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National Faith Leader Addresses Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court Decision


June 4, 2018


Michelle Nealy, mnealy@faithinpubliclife.org, (202) 735-7123

Mackenzie Harris, mharris@faithinpubliclife.org, (610) 283-8879

National Faith Leader Addresses Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court Decision

Washington, D.C. —  This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Though it is disappointing that the Court let the bakery’s discrimination stand, this narrow ruling did not change the long-standing rule that businesses open to the public must be open to all.

Over 400 faith leaders have signed a petition saying, “God’s doors are open to all.” Rev. Jennifer Butler, a national faith leader, has also issued the following statement.

Rev. Jennifer Butler, Founding Director, Faith in Public Life:

“The equality and human dignity of all is foundational to my faith. Unfortunately, the Court didn’t live up to these values today, departing from a long-standing precedent by recognizing a license for Masterpiece Cakeshop to discriminate in a limited context. Thankfully, today’s decision leaves in place the full protection of our anti-discrimination laws in most circumstances.”

“Most circumstances isn’t enough, however. As a country, we decided long ago that businesses that open their doors to the public should be open to all. We need to return wholeheartedly to that national moral principle. Living out those values demands comprehensive civil rights protections and a public square that is open to all.”


Faith in Public Life is a national network of nearly 50,000 clergy and faith leaders united in the prophetic pursuit of justice and the common good.

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