Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) declared Monday, rebuking a Supreme Court decision affirming a bakery’s religious freedom to refuse to make a gay wedding cake.
“The Supreme Court handed down an anti-civil rights ruling in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission,” Pelosi said in a statement calling the decision “wrongheaded”:
“The Masterpiece Cakeshop case is about the most fundamental right of all Americans: to be free from persecution and discrimination because of who they are or whom they love. While narrowly framed to apply to the decision-making process undertaken by the state commission, today’s wrongheaded decision fails to uphold equality in this case.
“Masterpiece Cakeshop is a commercial bakery open to the public, and such services clearly must be made available to the public on equal terms as determined by an independent review by the Colorado Court of Appeals which should have been upheld. No business or organization open to the public should hide their discriminatory practices behind the guise of religious liberty.”
America’s legacy “is one of ever-expanding freedoms,” Pelosi said, calling for new legislation to combat the religious liberties affirmed by Monday’s Supreme Court ruling:
“Our nation’s story is one of ever-expanding freedoms and progress toward a future of equal, full rights for all.
“To carry forth that progress, the Congress must immediately move to pass the Equality Act, to remove all doubt that sexual orientation and gender identity warrant fundamental civil rights protections in the workplace and in every place. Democrats will never stop fighting for every American’s right to full equality and equal justice under the law.”