Linda Sánchez Statement on the Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop decision
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Linda T. Sánchez, Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus and Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus issued the following statement after the Supreme Court narrowly ruled in favor of a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple:
“Today’s narrow Supreme Court decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, although disappointing, still acknowledges the rights and protections LGBTQ people have under the Constitution of this country,” said Rep. Sánchez. “We live in a society where freedom of speech is a hard-fought right, and open discourse is encouraged. However, discrimination of any kind is unacceptable and we must work diligently to stop even its most subtle manifestations.
“This case ultimately sheds light on the difficult realities members of the LGBTQ community face every day. We must remain steadfast in the fight for a more inclusive and equal society. Our road to full equality is far from over, but if we remain committed to this journey, we will reach our goal. That’s why we should act now and pass the Equality Act to finally give LGBTQ people basic protections against discrimination, no matter where they reside in our country.”