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.”
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