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The Supreme Court Should Make It Clear That Businesses Can’t Use Religion To Discriminate

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission – an important case that will have significant implications on nondiscrimination laws that protect everyone, regardless of religious beliefs, sexual orientation and more – on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

We’ve Spent The Past Year Fending Off Donald Trump’s Attacks On Religious Freedom

A year ago, when Donald Trump and Mike Pence were elected to the highest offices in the land, Americans United warned of the many threats this administration posed to church-state separation. We promised that if any of those threats came to fruition, we would be ready to fight back and defend religious freedom.

Trans Targets

By Liz Dyer

“If God didn’t give you access to a male or female bathroom via your anatomy, neither should we give you access via ordinance or legislation.”

Those words, uttered by a youth minister to the North Carolina legislative chamber earlier this year, are at the heart of the discrimination that trans people face daily.  

Poll Shows Opposition To Religiously Based Forms Of Discrimination

A recent survey by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) revealed that a majority of Americans support LGBTQ rights and oppose religiously based discrimination – although it’s a bare majority on several topics.

PRRI found that 53 percent of Americans oppose allowing businesses that provide wedding services – such as caterers, florists and bakers – to refuse services to same-sex couples. Young adults are more strongly opposed to this religion-based discrimination, with 64 percent opposing such refusals of service.

AU Tells Supreme Court To Stop Businesses From Using Religion As Excuse To Discriminate

On Dec. 5, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that could have a huge impact on how our nation’s anti-discrimination laws protect the LGBTQ community, religious minorities, women and just about anyone.

Americans United Urges Supreme Court To Stop Colorado Bakery From Using Religion To Discriminate Against Same-Sex Couples

Civil-Rights Advocates Assert Masterpiece Cakeshop Violates Constitution By Treating Some Customers Like Second-Class Citizens

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, joined by six civil-rights and religious organizations, today filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm that a Colorado bakery does not have a religious-freedom right to refuse to serve same-sex couples in violation of the state’s antidiscrimination laws.