SALDEF Stands in Support of Equality at the Supreme Court

December 13th, 2017

Imagine: You are planning your son or daughter’s birthday, you go to a cake shop to design a cake and request an image depicting you Sikh child on the cake. You show the image to the shop owner and they say to you, “We do not serve people like you.”

This is what happened in Colorado in 2012 when Charlie Craig and David Mullins were denied a wedding cake by Masterpiece Cakeshop. The shop’s owner, Jack Phillips, cited religious objections to same-sex marriage as a justification for his refusal to serve them.

SALDEF Co-Founder and Chairman Manjit Singh spoke yesterday at the Supreme Court of the United States in favor of the lower court ruling on the Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission Case.

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“The Sikh Faith believes that all humanity is one. We respect everyone, love everyone,” said Singh. “SALDEF is proud to be a defender of civil rights in America. SALDEF’s mission is to uphold social justice and religious freedom for all Americans.”

If the supreme court is to rule in favor of Masterpiece Cakeshop, this could open to the door for businesses to cite religious reasons to deny customers service if they disagree with the customer’s religion, race, ethnicity, beliefs, or lifestyle. For this reason, we stand with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission to maintain the existing law requiring a business to serve and be #OpenToAll.

Joining SALDEF at the rally yesterday included: ACLU, Anti-Defamation League, Bend the Arc, Human Rights Campaign, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, Muslim Advocates, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, PFLAG, Senator Cory Booker (NJ),  Senator Tammy Duckworth (IL) and Congresswomen Yvette D. Clarke (NY).

SALDEF is committed to ensuring our rights as Sikhs — our ability to keep our Sikh identity and practice our faith is not impeded. If we lose this case, it could set our civil rights protections back by decades. Cases that decide the constitutional law, like this one, depend on our involvement and our commitment to the values we care about.

Support us now to and protect the religious freedoms of Sikh Americans and all Americans!

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