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How Masterpiece Cakeshop Can Undermine Civil Rights

How Masterpiece Cakeshop Can Undermine Civil Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court could undermine civil rights for the LGBTQ community in Masterpiece Cakeshop.

After a Colorado bakery refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court is now being asked to decide whether or not the bakery has a constitutional right to discriminate against LGBTQ people. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the bakery, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission could undermine decades of civil rights gains in the United States. Learn more at

Jasmine Hardy is the video editor for Art and Editorial at the Center for American Progress. Jake Faleschini is the director of the Federal Courts Program at the Center. Claire Markham is the associate director for the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center. Laura E. Durso is the vice president of the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center.

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Jasmine Hardy

Senior Video Producer

 (Claire Markham)

Claire Markham

Associate Director, Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative

Jake Faleschini

Director, Federal Courts Program

Laura E. Durso

Former Vice President, LGBTQ Research and Communications Project