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LGBTQ advocates rally behind gay couple in US Supreme Court case

LGBTQ advocates rally behind gay couple in US Supreme Court case

Charlie Craig and David Mullins, a gay couple represented in Masterpiece Cakeshop, on the steps of the Supreme Court.

As the Masterpiece Cakeshop case gets underway at the US Supreme Court, many people are making their voices heard.

Charlie Craig and David Mullins, a married gay couple, are fighting for their right not to face discrimination at public businesses.

Many organizations, politicians, and more are throwing their support behind them, fighting back against baker Jack Phillips’ argument of religious freedom.

Open to All

On the steps of the Supreme Court today, there was a rally against discrimination. It adopted the slogan Open to All, urging businesses not to discriminate against patrons.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) was there in full force.

‘At its core, this case is a cynical effort to manipulate the First Amendment in order to provide a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people and our families,’ HRC President Chad Griffin said about the case.

The ACLU was also there supporting Craig and Mullins. The couple received big cheers on the steps.

Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who also spoke out against the trans military ban, was there showing her support.

Victoria Rodríguez-Roldán, from the National LGBTQ Task Force said the plaintiffs are ‘using God’s name, in vain, as an excuse to perpetuate bigotry and to oppress their fellow human beings’.

Trump supports the baker

At the start of September, the Trump administration took Phillips’ side.

They are doubling down on this stance, and unsurprisingly upsetting many advocacy groups.

GLAAD tweeted out a video of White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders defending this stance.

In answering a question about Trump’s support for potential window signs reading ‘we don’t bake cakes for gay weddings’, Sanders simply replied the president supports ‘religious liberty’. At the end she added: ‘I believe that would include that.’

Then GLAAD asked: ‘Tell us again how this isn’t about discrimination, @AllianceDefends?’

Alliance Defending Freedom is a religious liberty group representing Masterpiece.

It’s about more than cake

Another stance people supporting anti-discrimination laws are taking is that this case is about far more than cake.

It is about people’s rights not to face discrimination in their everyday lives.

Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI), who serves as co-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucas, tweeted:

He added in a longer statement: ‘When Charlie and Dave wanted a cake for their wedding, they wanted to experience what millions of Americans get to have every year – the opportunity to celebrate love and share a special moment with family and friends. Unfortunately, they were denied that opportunity and experienced the same discrimination many of us in the LGBTQ community know all too well.’

Representative Dan Kildee (D-MI) echoed these sentiments.

Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) added his support as well.

NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund warned of the far reaches this case could have.

Lesbian comedian Dana Goldberg drew a link to NFL players kneeling during the anthem.

Both these cases go far beyond a cake or flag.

Others brought Roy Moore into the conversation.

However, while this isn’t about cake, Samantha Bee posted the cake the Full Frontal team ordered and it’s pretty great.

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