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Masterpiece Cake Faith Leader Amicus Brief – Clergy Outreach

Hey all,

We are preparing for the day that the US Supreme Court will hear the Masterpiece Cakeshop case.  This case involves an engaged same-sex couple who visited the bakery to order a cake for their upcoming wedding reception.  The owner of the bakery refused to fulfill their order claiming his religious beliefs qualify him for an exemption to the longstanding non-discrimination law in Colorado.

As a nation, we decided a long time ago that businesses that are open to the public should be open to everyone on the same terms, and that includes customers who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Nobody should be turned away from a business, denied service, fired from their job, or evicted from their home simply because of who they are.

This case is not about cakes or artistic expression (as much as the attorneys for the bakery owner are trying to frame it that way)—it’s about people being turned away from a business simply because of who they are. Protecting people from discrimination is about treating others the way we want to be treated, and it is part of our constitution’s promise of equal treatment under the law for everyone.

Right now, we are reaching out to ordained clergy members and faith leaders across the country and asking them to sign on to a friend of the court brief to be filed in the Masterpiece Cake case.  I am hoping that you can help with this by sharing this with your network of ordained clergy or faith leaders to have them sign on to a Faith Leaders Amicus Brief. The brief will demonstrate to the Supreme Court that: (1) a wide variety of faiths recognize the inherent dignity of LGBT individuals and their relationships; (2) religious beliefs should not be permitted to curtail the rights afforded to LGBT individuals and couples under civil law, including equal access to public accommodations; and (3) nondiscrimination laws will not impinge on the fundamentals of religious belief and practice, but rather prevent one set of religious beliefs from being imposed through civil law. I am also hoping that you will take the next step to share it within your circle of influence and organizational relationships to bring other clergy members on board.  At this point, this is for ordained clergy (active or retired) and religious leaders only.  And time is of the essence.

With the announcement today that this administration is pushing for the right to discriminate at the highest levels, we are looking for a resounding “Not in my faith” from those who live into their faith every day.

Please share this link with your allies in the faith community and ask them to sign and also to ask other clergy in their circle of influence to also sign on:   http://action.forallusa.org/page/s/faith-leaders-sign-the-brief-to-support-lgbtq-non-discrimination-without-exemption

Please reach out if you have questions or feel free to connect your faith allies directly to me if they do.  I promise I will be kind and respectful of your relationship with them.

 

Thanks,
Liz

Liz Welch     (She/Her/Hers)

Campaign and Faith Based Advocacy Strategist

American Civil Liberties Union

406.860.8242 

lwelch@aclu.org

 

www.aclu.org  

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