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Supreme Court to hear LGBT civil rights case tomorrow

According to Ari Ezra Waldman on Towleroad.com: Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights CommissionMasterpiece Cakeshop is one of a number of recent cases in which owners of small businesses open to the public–florists, bakers, decorators, or caterers, for example–have refused service to gay couples on the grounds that same-sex marriage violates the business owners’ religious beliefs.

It is a major civil rights case, with implications far beyond cake, the LGBTQ community, and same-sex marriage. Allowing individuals to use religion (or free speech, more on that in a minute) as an excuse for noncompliance with nondiscrimination laws opens an enormous donut hole in equality, threatening a new version of segregated lunch counters and second class citizenship.

-See all the details on Towleroad.com

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