Masterpiece Cakeshop V. Colorado Civil Rights Commission Case Study

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The Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case is not about cake or food. At its heart, Masterpiece Cake is about discrimination. Americans decided more than fifty years ago that businesses that are open to the public must serve all members of the public. Protecting people from discrimination is part of the fundamental fabric of the uniquely American idea that we all enjoy equal treatment under the law.

There is no question that businesses can make decisions about what kinds of products they make or services they provide, however, businesses cannot arbitrarily choose who they will provide their goods and services to. The Constitution does not give a bakery the right to post a sign that says, “Pastries Are Sold To Heterosexuals Only.” So how does the Supreme Court strike a balance between these two competing interests? Simply put, the Supreme Court must recognize that no Constitutional right is absolute and limitless because these rights do not permit discrimination based on a protected class.

Freedom of religion is one of our most precious and cherished rights as Americans, but that freedom does not give anyone the right to impose their beliefs on others. Engaging in commerce to make a profit does not mean a corporation
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In reality, a ruling in favor of Masterpiece Cakeshop would have the opposite effect. In an article from ThinkProgress, many amicus briefs filed in Masterpiece Cakeshop argue that if the bakery wins the case, the ruling would destroy religious freedom because allowing LGBTQ discrimination would open the door for discrimination against religious minorities, like Muslims and atheists. The Muslim community in America is already extremely vulnerable, in fact, according to the article, Muslims surpassed atheists as the least trusted religious minority in the United

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