USCCB Chairmen Applaud Supreme Court’s Respect for Religious Liberty in Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision

June 4, 2018 By Public Affairs Office

WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado CivilRights Commission. The case involves a Christian baker named Jack Phillipswho declined in 2012 to create a custom wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony. Stateofficials sought to compel Phillips to create such cakes under Colorado'spublic accommodations law. The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of Phillipsunder the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Chairman of the Committeefor Religious Liberty, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., ofPhiladelphia, Chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life andYouth, and Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, Chairman of the Subcommittee forthe Promotion and Defense of Marriage of the U.S. Conference of CatholicBishops (USCCB), issued the following joint statement:

"Today's decision confirms that people of faith should not sufferdiscrimination on account of their deeply held religious beliefs, but insteadshould be respected by government officials. This extends to creativeprofessionals, such as Jack Phillips, who seek to serve the Lord in everyaspect of their daily lives. In a pluralistic society like ours, true toleranceallows people with different viewpoints to be free to live out their beliefs,even if those beliefs are unpopular with the government."

The USCCB filed an amicuscuriae brief supporting Masterpiece Cakeshop, which can be found here: http://www.usccb.org/about/general-counsel/amicus-briefs/upload/16-111-tsac-USCCB.pdf.

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, ArchbishopJoseph Kurtz, Archbishop Charles Chaput, Bishop James Conley, Supreme Court,Masterpiece Cakeshop, Colorado Civil Rights Commission, religious freedom,religious liberty, freedom of conscience, marriage

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