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Statement from Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman on Today’s U.S. Supreme Court Argument in Masterpiece Cake Shop Limited v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

PRESS RELEASE

December 5, 2017

 

Statement from Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman on Today’s U.S. Supreme Court Argument in Masterpiece Cake Shop Limited v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

Statement from Attorney General Coffman:

“After a long and careful debate, Colorado’s legislature in 2008 decided to extend the LGBT community the very same legal protections we use to fight all forms of discrimination, whether based on race, sex, or a person’s faith. One critical part of those protections is the idea that when people walk into a retail store that is open to the public, they are not turned away because of who they are. Our State and our Constitution has deep respect for the right of all people to follow their faith and speak their minds. But it would be a mistake in deciding this case to create new exceptions to anti-discrimination laws that have never been applied to any other group of people. My office presented the Court with our strongest arguments today, based on many years of established legal precedent, and I look forward to receiving its ruling.

 

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