Fifty years ago this week, the Supreme Court issued one of its fastest rulings ever in a landmark case, Newman v. Piggie Park Enterprises. Piggie Park, a small barbeque chain which is still open today, wanted the right to refuse service to African American customers. The owner, a segregationist, claimed that the Civil Rights Act violated his religious freedom. The Supreme Court delivered a resounding rebuke of the barbeque chain on March 18, 1968, definitively ruling that restaurant could no longer discriminate.
Now, fifty years later, in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the bakery is claiming that the state’s nondiscrimination law, which requires him to serve same-sex couples, unconstitutionally violates his religious beliefs. Sound familiar? That’s because it is. In the near coming months, the Supreme Court will announce its decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case – a case that will decide whether businesses that are open to the public can refuse to serve LGBT people in violation of laws that protect all of us from discrimination.
To show your support, you can display the sign below in your store’s window if you own a business, or simply where members of the public can see it. For more information about the case, visit here.