Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund is committed to ending discrimination based upon gender identity and expression and to achieving equality for transgender people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, and public policy efforts.

TLDEF Reiterates Importance of Anti-Discrimination Laws Following Supreme Court Ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop Case

TLDEF Reiterates Importance of Anti-Discrimination Laws Following Supreme Court Ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop Case

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund today restated the strong need for anti-bias protections in response to the Supreme Court's narrow ruling in favor of a Denver bakery owner's challenge to Colorado's anti-discrimination law. The law prohibits discrimination in places of public accommodation on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, among other protected classes such as race, creed, and sex. The bakery owner was cited and fined for violating this statute because he refused to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, based on his objections to same-sex marriage. Craig and Mullins are represented in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission by the American Civil Liberties Union which today reacted to this decision, stating in part: ... more