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Polis statement on ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop case

Polis calls for Congress to adopt the Equality Act

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Washington, June 4, 2018 | comments

Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., gave the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled with Masterpiece Cakeshop today.

“The decision by the Court is disappointing, but thankfully narrow in scope. Now is the time for Congress to answer definitively by adopting our bipartisan Equality Act into law. We can and must provide LGBTQ people with abundantly clear protections from discrimination in law,” said Polis.  “Nobody should have their dignity and basic rights put on trial, just as nobody should have to walk into a store and wonder if they will be denied service because of who they love.”

In Oct. 2017, Polis, along with several others, sent a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court outlining the case for the Colo Civil Rights Commission.

Polis is an original cosponsor of the Equality Act, which would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other existing civil rights laws to prohibit discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity in the areas of employment, education, credit, housing, federal funding, jury service, and public accommodations. In addition, Polis is the author of the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA), first introduced in 2010. That bill would establish a comprehensive federal prohibition against discrimination in public schools based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

Polis is a founding member and co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. Last year, as a co-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, Polis helped re-launch the Transgender Equality Task Force. 

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