SUPREME COURT ONCE AGAIN SIDES WITH EXTREMISTS TO PUT BIGOTRY OVER JUSTICE AND FREEDOM
Washington, D.C.– Today, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its decision in 303 Creative v. Elenis, making it easier for businesses to discriminate against LGBTQ Americans. This decision opens the doors to states reversing their anti-discrimination laws ensuring that LGBTQ Americans do not have equal rights under the law.
Stasha Rhodes, Campaign Director of United for Democracy, released the following statement on behalf of the coalition in response to the ruling:
“For decades our laws have affirmed the basic principle that businesses open to the public should be truly open to the public, so that every American has equal access to the commercial marketplace. In its decision today, the Supreme Court once again ignored longstanding precedent to impose its own right-wing ideological biases on our country, granting businesses the right to discriminate against LBGTQ+ individuals and opening the door to more discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community, women, people with disabilities, and against people based on their faith. As extremists on the Supreme Court try to warp our laws and constitution to reflect their own agenda, United for Democracy will keep sending this message: Congress, it’s time to act and check the power of this extreme Supreme Court.”
Tony Hoang, Executive Director of Equality California, released the following statement in response to the ruling:
“The overwhelming majority of the American people believe that when you open a business, you must be open to all. But today the Court gave businesses across the country a license to discriminate against LGBTQ+ customers and their families.
This was, in essence, a fake case concerning an imaginary conflict that was specifically engineered to usher in today’s radical, reckless ruling that is out of touch with the majority of the country. We must remain vigilant not to succumb to this manufactured division.
That’s why we’re joining forces with more than 100 partners through United for Democracy to make the Court work for the people and uphold our laws,” said Tony Hoang, Executive Director of Equality California. The overwhelming majority of the American people believe that when you open a business, you must be open to all. But today the Court gave businesses across the country a license to discriminate against LGBTQ+ customers and their families.
Josie Caballero, The National Center for Transgender Equality released the following statement:
“Today, the Supreme Court made yet another decision that should alarm us all: the decision to allow businesses in the United States to discriminate against the LGBTQ+ community. Siding with 303 Creative is a blatant attempt to disregard our freedoms. We cannot allow extremists on the court to decide how we operate as customers just because of who we are or who we love.
“At the National Center for Transgender Equality, we lead the U.S. Transgender Survey project, where we see, understand, and celebrate transgender people’s lived experiences across the country. We know that our community is woven into the fabric of small towns and big cities. We should not have to fight for the right to be treated as equal members of these communities that we serve, care for, and build our lives in. We demand our leaders to do better, from state legislatures that have systematically pushed through anti-trans bills, all the way to the extremist Supreme Court justices sitting on the bench.
“That’s why we’re joining the 100+ partners in United for Democracy. It’s time to stand up against this extreme Supreme Court and call on Congress to take immediate action.”
About United for Democracy:
United for Democracy is a new national campaign launching to shine a light on the devastating impact this Supreme Court is having on our families, our communities, our freedoms, and our democracy. We are a diverse and growing coalition representing millions of Americans from all walks of life – labor organizers, grassroots organizations, and advocates for reproductive rights, the environment, and more.