The American Bar Association on Monday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reject what it called a “baseless attempt” by the Trump administration to relegate gays and lesbians to second-class status under the nation’s anti-discrimination laws.

The lawyers’ association, in an amicus brief filed in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, said the government’s legal argument—in support of a baker who refused services to a gay couple—”threatens to cripple the effectiveness of the federal public accommodations laws that the Department of Justice is charged with enforcing, as well as comparable state and local laws.”

Donald Verrilli Jr. of Munger Tolles. Credit: Diego M. Radzinschi/ ALM

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