On June 4, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States released its decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The Court found in favor of Christian baker Jack Phillips, who had been accused of unlawful discrimination for declining to design and create a cake for a same-sex “wedding.” Rev. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, made the following remarks:
“Today’s decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop is a victory for religious liberty and for basic American principles of freedom. In holding that the decision of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment, the Court made clear that states must not act with hostility toward religion in enforcing their laws. While a broader decision would have been preferable in this case, it is encouraging that seven Justices of the Supreme Court found the Commission’s contempt for Phillips’s Christian faith to be impermissible.”
“New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms congratulates Jack Phillips and his attorneys for this victory. However, we also note that Phillips should never have been dragged through a six-year court battle in the first place. The United States of America is supposed to be a free country. If state commissions and courts fail to recognize the legitimacy of conscientious, faith-based objections to participation in same-sex ceremonies, those states are eroding one of the most important rights enjoyed by Americans. It is hoped that today’s decision will motivate other states to treat Christian business owners in future cases with the fairness that the Constitution requires.”
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms joined allied organizations in over thirty states in submitting an amicus brief on behalf of Mr. Phillips’ religious freedom rights.