(June 4) – In the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Masterpiece case, House Democrats released statements reacting to the decision:

“While I’m disappointed that we didn’t see a clear decision in support of civil rights today, it’s important to recognize that this is a narrow holding, and our statewide protections against discrimination are still the law of the land,” said Speaker Duran, D-Denver, who sponsored the reauthorization of the Colorado Civil Rights Division. “Colorado has a long history of defending civil rights, and now more than ever we must stand firm and continue providing protections against discrimination.” 

“This decision does not give license to business owners to discriminate against members of the LGBTQ community,” said Rep. Herod, D-Denver, who also sponsored the CCRD reauthorization. “Our Colorado laws protecting members of the LGBTQ community against discrimination are still in effect, the court merely ruled that the Commission should have handled this particular case differently. This is a very narrow decision and we must recommit ourselves to fighting injustices everywhere.”

“The fight continues,” said Rep. Daneya Esgar, co-chair of the legislative LGBT caucus. “We can all agree discrimination is wrong and we must continue working to ensure protections against prejudice for all Coloradans. No one should be refused service just because of who they are or whom they love.”

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