“I don’t think you could force the African American sculptor to sculpt a cross for the Klan service,” said the baker’s lawyer, defending his case of discrimination.
A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple has seen his discrimination case go all the way to the Supreme Court — where a Trump administration lawyer made a vile defense argument before the justices.
Jack Phillips refused in 2012 to bake a wedding cake for Colorado couple David Mullins and Charlie Craig.
Mullins and Craig sued the baker, who lost in court, but appeals eventually reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Along the way, Phillips' lawyers have tried to make the incident, which is clearly a case of discrimination, about religious freedom and his justification
In attempt to make a point, Phillips' lawyer wrongfully linked the couple to the Ku Klux Klan. Phillips' lawyer at Alliance Defending Freedom tried to make this incident, which is clearly a case of discrimination, about religious freedom.
Then Solicitor General Noel Francisco, the lawyer representing the Trump administration, couldn’t stop mentioning the Ku Klux Klan during his argument before the court.
He repeatedly said the logic behind the couple’s claims — “If you run a business, you can’t refuse to serve gay people” or, alternatively, “Just make us a goddamn cake already” — would be similar to convincing a black sculptor to forcefully sculpt a cross for a Klan service.
“I don’t think you could force the African-American sculptor to sculpt a cross for the Klan service,” said Francisco.
Sure, because white supremacists who carry out deadly violence in pursuit of a "pure" society is exactly the same thing as celebrating the love of a same-sex couple, many of whom still face horrible discrimination, arrest and death in this country and around the world.
Unlike the KKK, gay people are part of protected classes in a move to stop discrimination against them.
But members of the KKK aren’t protected class. According the Colorado anti-discrimination law, “places of public accommodation” (business, hotels, restaurants, retail stores and such) can’t refuse service because of a customer’s protected characteristic.
Those protected characteristics include disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin and ancestry.
The law does not mention anything about members of the KKK, nor should any thinking person ever want to equate the putrid hatefulness of the KKK to a celebration of marriage.
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