SCOTUS Decision: Businesses Open to Public Must be Open to All
Main Street Businesses remain committed to fight for equality
WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued a narrow ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. In this case, Masterpiece Cakeshop refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, claiming a right to discriminate based on religious belief. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled that this refusal violated Colorado’s public accommodations law. The bakery’s appeal, reached the U.S. Supreme Court
Amanda Ballantyne, National Director of Main Street Alliance, a national network of small business coalitions working to build a new voice for small businesses on important public policy issues gave the following response:
“Today’s Supreme Court ruling upholds the fundamental idea that all businesses open to the public must be open to all - a core value of Main Street businesses across the country. While the Supreme Court reversed the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision based on specifics nuances of this case, they preserved core civil rights protections and states’ ability to defend all people, including members of the LGBT community against discrimination .
Main Street Alliance proudly led a small business-focused Amicus Brief along with the American Independent Business Alliance, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce representing more than 61,000 small businesses across the country in support of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Main Street Alliance members have a long history of standing up and advocating for all members of our communities to be treated fairly and equally – under the law and in accordance with basic human dignity – we remain strong in our support of equity, and protection of civil rights.”