Senator Wiener’s Statement on Supreme Court Decision Regarding the Colorado Baker who Refused Service to an LGBT Couple

June 4, 2018

San Francisco  –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled today in the case of the Colorado baker who refused to serve a gay couple:

“We dodged a bullet today, in that the Supreme Court did not reach the ultimate question of whether people have a constitutional right to violate anti-discrimination laws based on their religious beliefs. That radical argument will be decided another day. And, the argument is truly dangerous. It would allow businesses serving the public to refuse to serve LGBT people or black people based on ‘religion.’ It would allow businesses to treat women as second-class based on ‘religion.’ The Supreme Court is perilously close to having a majority to advance this radical and anti-American notion, and we cannot let Trump tip the balance of the Supreme Court with yet another extremist appointment. We are *all* bound by the laws of the land, including civil rights laws. None of us has the right to exempt ourselves from anti-discrimination laws based on our religious beliefs or otherwise.”