As a nation, we decided a long time ago that when a business opens its doors to the public, they should serve everyone on the same terms. Now a case before the Supreme Court wants to take us back to the days when businesses could tell people, “We don’t serve your kind here.”
You've probably heard of the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. It began with a bakery discriminating against a gay couple in Colorado—but it doesn't stop there. Because the Masterpiece case isn’t about cakes— it is an attempt to dismantle our nation’s nondiscrimination laws. The discrimination unleashed if the bakery wins this case would be staggering. It paves the way to eroding protections for people of color, women, religious minorities, people with disabilities, and LGBT people. That’s why we all need to get involved.
When deciding cases, Supreme Court Justices don't only listen to the attorneys' arguments. They also take statements of support into account. CenterLink/CAN have signed the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) petition in support of the plaintiffs in this case--Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins. If you'd like to join ACLU's petition, You can add your name here.
We are all entitled to our own beliefs, but that shouldn't give businesses a #LicenseToDiscriminate.