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November 1, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. --Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) joined 200 other Members of Congress in signing onto an amicus brief to the Supreme Court supporting a gay couple denied service by a bakery because of their status as same-sex partners. The brief was filed in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. V. Colorado Civil Rights Commission:

“No one should ever be treated like a second-class citizen because of who they love,” said Rosen. “This case boils down to discrimination and equal treatment under the law. I am proud to stand on the right side of history and will continue to be an outspoken advocate for equality for our LGBTQ community and for all Americans everywhere.”

BACKGROUND:  In 2012, Masterpiece Cakeshop, a bakery in Colorado, refused to bake a wedding cake for husbands-to-be David Mullins and Charlie Craig.  The owner of Masterpiece, Jack Phillips, told the couple he would not provide service for the same-sex couple because his religious beliefs did not support same-sex marriage.  Mullins and Craig pursued their case against Masterpiece and won victories in the lower courts. The Supreme Court will consider whether or not businesses can ignore state nondiscrimination laws if their motivation for discriminating is based on religious or moral disapproval of LGBTQ people.  The case has the potential to create a broad loophole to every nondiscrimination statute across the country.

Earlier this year, Congresswoman Rosen helped to introduce the Equality Act of 2017. The Equality Act ensures that the same protections already extended to other protected classes are equally available to LGBTQ Americans. It amends existing federal civil rights laws to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in education, employment, housing, credit, Federal jury service, public accommodations, and the use of Federal funds.