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Rep. John Lewis' Statement on the Masterpiece v. Colorado Decision

June 5, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. John Lewis issued the below statement following the Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision in one of the most closely watched cases of the term, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission:

“I was disappointed when I heard of the Supreme Court’s decision on Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.  The fight for LGBT rights did not end with marriage equality, and it will not end with yesterday’s decision.

“Today, I reflect on Justice Kennedy’s words in his decision:  ‘Our society has come to a recognition that gay persons and gay couples cannot be treated as social outcasts or inferior in dignity or worth.’

“For those who have worked long and hard to end discrimination based on race, and for those who continue to stand up for equality for LGBTQIA Americans, do not give up.  We will get there.  Discrimination has no place in our society, and I will stand with you until justice prevails.”