Our nation decided more than 50 years ago that when a business decides to open its doors to the public, that business should be open to all—a core principle that is at the heart of how we treat one another.
That principle is more important than ever in light of today’s decision. While the Court’s narrowdecision does not create a new license to discriminate, they sided with the baker who discriminated against a same-sex couple. The ruling pertained to the specifics of this case and did not undermine our nation’s core principle that businesses open to the public should be open to all.
“The decision by The Supreme Court on the Masterpiece Cakeshop was based on concerns unique to this specific case. It has reaffirmed the enduring law that states are able to protect its citizens from the harms of discrimination, including against LGBT people. We will continue to fight for these protections here in the Pelican State,” said SarahJane Guidry, Executive Director of Forum for Equality.
That’s why we are a part of the growing chorus of business owners, civil rights advocates, religious leaders, LGBT people and our friends, families and allies that are calling on businesses across our country, to pledge and declare their opposition to discrimination and open to all. It’s time for our state laws to catch up to our state values and protect all Louisianans from discrimination, so that no one can be fired from their job, denied a place to live, or turned away from a business simply because of who they are.
Businesses can join the movement here at home by becoming a member of Louisiana Equality Means Business. This is a project of the Forum for Equality Foundation that highlights employers in Louisiana that have adopted comprehensive non-discrimination policies and have demonstrated their commitment to valuing and including everyone. There is more information here: www.laemb.com.
And you can join the movement as well as we build a state of equality here in Louisiana.You can find out how to join the movement here!