Senator Wiener’s Statement on Supreme Court Authorizing Businesses to Refuse To Sell to LGBTQ People

June 30, 2023

SACRAMENTO – The Supreme Court issued a ruling in Creative LLC v. Elenis that overrules state laws that protect for LGBTQ people’s access to public accommodations, and enshrines anti-LGBTQ discrimination. In response, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement:

“The Supreme Court today ruled bigoted business owners can exempt themselves from civil rights laws by refusing to sell to LGBTQ people. This ruling is dangerous and horrifying. It has massive implications for LGBTQ anti-discrimination laws in employment, housing, and other contexts. The Court is taking us down a road where discrimination against LGBTQ people is constitutionally protected. This attack isn’t happening in a vacuum. It’s part of a well-funded, concerted legal strategy by right wing extremists to hijack the First Amendment and use it as a tool to validate and constitutionally protect anti-LGBTQ discrimination.”