God does not discriminate. Neither do we!

WASHINGTON, D.C.  -- On Tuesday, December 5th, clergy, community leaders and lawmakers rallied outside the Supreme Court before oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Speakers joined community members calling for equal justice and dignity under the law for LGBTQ Americans in solidarity with plaintiffs Charlie Craig and David Mullins.

Over 500 Christian leaders recently declared in a moral declaration that religious liberty doesn’t justify discrimination. To view the moral declaration and the full list of signers, click here.

To view the livestreamed video from today’s event click here. To view other photos and videos from the rally, click here.

Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO, Faith in Public Life:

"Using Christianity and religious liberty to justify discrimination runs counter to our faith which calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves because they are created in God’s image. We Christians cannot bear witness to Christ if we are slamming doors in our neighbors’ faces--even neighbors with whom we disagree. Only by exemplifying the love of God -- turning the other cheek and embracing those society rejects -- can we know God and be faithful to Christ’s teachings."

Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block, Director, Bend the Arc Jewish Action:

“As a Rabbi, I live according to my understanding of the laws of Torah. As such, there is much in this society that I decline participate in or that I turn away from. Religious freedom gives me that right. But religion is never an excuse to shun a class of people, deny services, and create second-class citizens. Religion at its best is a force for love, reconciliation, understanding and connection among all of humanity – and I am appalled by those who use it as a weapon.”

Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, Senior Minister, Middle Collegiate Church:

“If religious freedom means we say no to our neighbor based on sexuality, race or gender, that's not free. That actually costs something. And what it costs is humanity, it costs equality, it costs joy, it costs dignity and it costs a way of life. It costs our Constitution and the sum total of that cost is bigotry. So let's be honest, refusing someone a cake based on their sexuality is discrimination and religious bigotry. It’s not religious freedom.”

Julie Rogers, writer, speaker and faith leader:

"My hope is that my fellow Christians wouldn’t simply serve LGBTQ people because the law protects us from discrimination, but because Christ called us to serve our neighbors, and we are your neighbors. The Scriptures say they’ll know you’re Christians by your love, and today I urge my fellow believers to model that spirit of love in your communities."

Photos from the event

Media Coverage

WASHINGTON POST: Supreme Court hears wedding cake case: here’s what you need to know

Ahead of Tuesday’s decision, more than 500 Christian leaders signed a statement declaring that “religious freedom should never be used as a justification for discrimination.”

“For me as a Christian pastor,” Jennifer Butler, Presbyterian minister and CEO of the advocacy group Faith in Public Life who signed the statement, told The Washington Post, “what’s at stake is the heart of the Christian faith. We can’t be following Jesus if we’re slamming doors in our neighbor’s faces.”

Butler said she believes that Phillips’s supporters are trying to win back political ground from LGBT activists.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Religious freedom vs. religious exemption — The Supreme Court’s wedding cake case offers a dispute over terminology

...Jennifer Butler — Presbyterian minister and CEO of the advocacy group Faith in Public Life who was one of more than 500 Christian leaders who signed a statement declaring that “religious freedom should never be used as a justification for discrimination” — said she believes that Phillips’ supporters are trying to win back political ground from LGBT activists.

GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: State groups champion gay rights case before U.S. Supreme Court

About 50 religious leaders and activists rallied today in Greensboro to support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights in a case being argued today before the U.S. Supreme Court. They said the so-called Masterpiece Cakeshop case should be decided in favor of a gay couple denied a wedding cake by Colorado bakery owner Jack Phillips, who argues that customizing a cake for them would violate his religious beliefs against homosexuality.

SOJOURNERS: Faith Leaders Gather in Front of Supreme Court to Support LGBTQ Rights

Faith and civil rights leaders from across the country gathered in front of the Supreme Court today in support of Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins — the couple at the center of the Masterpiece vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case.

BAPTIST PRESS: Wedding cake arguments build religious liberty case

..."Using Christianity and religious liberty to justify discrimination runs counter to our faith which calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves because they are created in God's image," said Jennifer Butler, chief executive office of Faith in Public Life, in a written statement.

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