Via the Washington Blade:
The U.S. Supreme Court has set Dec. 5 as the day for oral arguments on whether a Colorado baker has a First Amendment right to refuse to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples over religious objections.
The high court announced Friday the case, known as Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, will be the first of two arguments on that day.
Consideration of the case will mark the return of the U.S. Supreme Court to the issue of LGBT rights in the first major way since its milestone 2015 decision in favor of marriage equality nationwide.
One thing must be remembered. This is about a business. The bakery. NOT the baker himself.
David Mullins and Charlie Craig visited Masterpiece Cakeshop in July 2012, with Craig’s mother, to order a cake for their upcoming wedding reception. Jack Phillips informed them that because of his religious beliefs the store’s policy was to deny service to customers who wished to order baked goods to celebrate a same-sex couple’s wedding despite the fact that Colorado state law prohibits public accommodation from refusing service based on factors such as race, sex, marital status or sexual orientation.
Phillips is being represented by the anti-LGBT “Christian Nationalist” law firm the Alliance Defending Freedom
Jim Crow was wrong then.
Pink Crow is wrong now.
Angie’s List The $315 million corporation which lets users review local businesses, especially home improvement professionals is headquartered in Indianapolis,Indiana. and has been planning a $40 million renovation of its own, moving its headquarters across town and adding 1000 new jobs over five years. But not anymore.
Angie’s List CEO Bill Oesterle said in a statement today, that the expansion is “on hold until we fully understand the implications of the freedom restoration act on our employees, both current and future.”
“We are putting the ‘Ford Building Project’ on hold until we fully understand the implications of the freedom restoration act on our employees, both current and future.
Angie’s List is open to all and discriminates against none and we are hugely disappointed in what this bill represents. The company will begin reviewing alternatives for the expansion of its headquarters immediately.”
The IndyStar adds that Angie’s list “hinted that moving some parts of the company out of state is ‘on the table.'”
Well at least they’ll know where to get highly rated and trusted movers to get them the hell out of there.
H/T – The New civil Rights Movement
It is unconscionable to imagine that Yelp would create, maintain, or expand a significant business presence in any state that encouraged discrimination by businesses against our employees, or consumers at large. I encourage states that are considering passing laws like the one rejected by Arizona or adopted by Indiana to reconsider and abandon these discriminatory actions. (We’re looking at you, Arkansas.) I hope that in the future the legislatures in the nineteen states that have these laws on the books will reconsider their actions. In the mean time, Yelp will make every effort to expand its corporate presence only in states that do not have these laws allowing for discrimination on the books. I also hope that other companies will draw a similar line in the sand for equality on behalf of their employees and the greater public to persuade legislators to do the right thing and stop or rescind these harmful laws. – YELP* CEO Jeremy Stoppelman whose company went public in 2012 and says it will grosses roughly $575M this year.
Can I give Yelp a good review on Yelp?!
Michigan has joined the number of Republican controlled states that are on their way to passing a “Religious Liberty and Freedom” bills that would allow anyone who holds any sort of dangerous religious belief against anyone but their own the right to discriminate against them without any form of punishment.
Michigan’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act would allow, “Christian” EMT’s the right to refuse emergency treatment to a gay person or a pharmacist to refuse to refill HIV medication, because God decreed gays and lesbians should be put to death.
Michigan Speaker Bolger fast tracked the bill, which passed 59-50 along party lines. “I support individual liberty and I support religious freedom,” Bolger said. “I have been horrified as some have claimed that a person’s faith should only be practiced while hiding in their home or in their church.”
If it passes in the Michigan Senate and is signed by Governor Rick Snyder, a Republican, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act will become law.
At the House committee meeting that considered the measure “Pastor” Stacy Swimp President of the Frederick Douglass Society told the committee that “No one from the LGBT community has ever had fire hoses turned on them by the police department, they have never had to drink out of an LGBT water fountain, There is no record of LGBT — homosexuals, lesbians—being forced to sit at the back of the bus in an LGBT section.
Swimp who advocates against LGBT equality and same-sex marriage in Michigan also claims that “The “Homosexual Agenda” is, by nature, anti Black and genocidal.”