On December 5, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case involving a Colorado bakery that violated a non-discrimination law by refusing to sell a cake to a same-sex couple celebrating their marriage. The question before the Supreme Court is whether religious beliefs give business owners a right to discriminate against LGBTQ people and others.
As people of many faiths, we believe that freedom of religion is one of our most fundamental rights, but it does not give anyone the right to discriminate against others. Last week nearly 1,300 faith leaders joined an amicus brief to the Supreme Court supporting justice, dignity, and equal treatment for LGBTQ people and saying that religious beliefs do not grant anyone a right to discriminate. Now, on the weekend before oral arguments (December 1-3, 2017), congregations nationwide are joining together in a National Weekend of Prayer for LGBTQ Justice.
Our faith traditions teach us to honor the inherent dignity and worth of LGBTQ people. We must have the moral courage to support LGBTQ non-discrimination protections, speak out against the misuse of religious freedom, and work toward a world where LGBTQ people are free from injustice, violence, and discrimination.
Observe the National Weekend of Prayer for LGBTQ Justice in your faith community and join faith communities across the country. We have put together worship and educational resources to help your congregation observe the weekend of prayer. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like to be involved further.