Americans United has filed a legal brief urging the Colorado Court of Appeals to uphold a Lakewood, Colo., ordinance that prohibits anti-LGBT discrimination.
Jack Phillips, a fundamentalist Christian who owns Masterpiece Cakeshop, is challenging the ordinance. In 2013, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission found that Phillips had violated Lakewood's law by refusing to make a cake for the wedding of a same-sex couple. He appealed that ruling, arguing that it violated both his religious liberty and his freedom of expression.
Americans United and the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which joined the brief, reject those arguments. In their brief, the groups argue that a bakery shouldn't be exempt from anti-discrimination ordinances.
"In short, accepting Masterpiece...