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James Fisher spoke at the ACLU of Colorado Bill of Rights Dinner about how he and the ACLU are working together to stop the criminalization of poverty for the thousands of Coloradans who are trapped in debtors’ prisons.
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Category Archives: LGBT Equality
ACLU Files Brief at Supreme Court Arguing That Businesses Open to Public Cannot Discriminate Against Customers
WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union today filed its brief in the Supreme Court in a case in which a Colorado bakery refused to serve a same-sex couple seeking a cake for their wedding reception. The case, Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, will be heard at the Supreme Court on December 5th. The Colorado courts found that the bakery violated Colorado’s anti-discrimination law by refusing to serve Charlie Craig and David Mullins when they walked into.... | Read More
Supreme Court Will Hear Masterpiece Cakeshop Discrimination Case
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court today announced it will review a decision from the Colorado Court of Appeals that found that a cake shop discriminated against a same-sex couple by refusing to sell them a wedding cake. In 2012, Colorado residents David Mullins and Charlie Craig visited Masterpiece Cakeshop to order a wedding cake. Mullins and Craig planned to marry in Massachusetts and then celebrate with family and friends back home. Masterpiece owner Jack Phillips informed the couple that,.... | Read More
Colorado Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Case of Bakery That Turned Away Gay Couple
DENVER – The Colorado State Supreme Court today decided to let stand an appellate court ruling that Masterpiece Cakeshop violated Colorado’s anti-discrimination law when it refused to sell a same-sex couple a cake for their wedding reception. “The highest court in Colorado today affirmed that no one should be turned away from a public-facing business because of who they are or who they love,” said Ria Tabacco Mar, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT Project,.... | Read More
Masterpiece Cakeshop Violated Civil Rights Law by Turning Away Gay Couple, Court Rules
8/13/2015 DENVER – In a unanimous decision issued this morning, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that a Lakewood Bakery unlawfully discriminated against David Mullins and Charlie Craig by refusing to sell them a cake for their wedding reception. The ruling affirms a finding in May 2014 from the Colorado Civil Rights Commission that Masterpiece Cakeshop’s policy of turning away same-sex couples violates Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Act. “Today is a proud day for equality and for.... | Read More
State Appeals Court Hears Arguments in Case of Gay Couple Discriminated Against by Bakery
7/7/15 DENVER – The Colorado Court of Appeals heard oral arguments today in a discrimination case brought by a same-sex couple against a cake shop that refused to sell them a cake for their wedding reception. In 2012, Colorado residents David Mullins and Charlie Craig visited Masterpiece Cakeshop to order a wedding cake. Mullins and Craig planned to marry in Massachusetts and then celebrate with family and friends back home. Masterpiece owner Jack Phillips informed the couple that, because.... | Read More
ACLU of Colorado Celebrates Historic Marriage Equality Ruling
June 26, 2015 DENVER - Today, the U.S. Supreme Court held that states may not deny the freedom to marry to same-sex couples throughout the country. Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage was lifted last year after Adams County District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree declared it unconstitutional and the Colorado Supreme Court lifted its stay on his decision, making the judgment final. ACLU of Colorado Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley issued the following statement: “Today’s.... | Read More
Prepared Testimony of ACLU of Colorado in Support of Birth Certificate Modernization Act
March 26, 2015 Today, the Colorado House Committee on Health, Insurance, and Environment heard testimony on HB 1265, the Birth Certificate Modernization Act, which would enable transgender individuals to more easily change their birth certificates to reflect their identified gender. ACLU of Colorado Policy and Outreach Associate Sarah Spears testified in support of the bill. Below is her prepared testimony. For more information on the importance of HB 1265, please see the Birth Certificate.... | Read More
Prepared Testimony of ACLU of Colorado Executive Director on Right-to-Discriminate Bills
March 9, 2015 DENVER – Today, the State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee of the Colorado House of Representatives will hear testimony on House Bills 1161 and 1171, two “right-to-discriminate” bills that would eviscerate long-standing protections against discrimination by allowing individuals and businesses to claim their religious beliefs as an excuse to refuse to follow laws they don’t like – including domestic violence, public safety, and nondiscrimination laws. The following.... | Read More
Colorado Business Owners, Faith Leaders, and Community Groups to Hold Press Conference Opposing Right-to-Discriminate Bills
March 2, 2015 DENVER – Next Monday, the State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee of the Colorado House of Representatives will consider House Bills 1161 and 1171, two right-to-discriminate bills that would let individuals and businesses claim their religious beliefs allow them to refuse to follow laws they don’t like – including domestic violence, public safety, and nondiscrimination laws. In response, a coalition of Colorado business owners, faith leaders, and community groups.... | Read More
ACLU of Colorado Commends New Youth Corrections LGBTQI Policy
December 12, 2014 DENVER - The Colorado Division of Youth Corrections (DYC), in close collaboration with the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, recently adopted a landmark policy regarding the treatment of LGBTQI youth in the department’s care, including transgender and intersex youth. The new policy will ensure that DYC staff is properly trained to meet the needs of transgender and intersex youth, that appropriate healthcare will be provided to them, that housing and search decisions.... | Read More
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