Supreme Court Affirms Businesses Must Be Open to All

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

“The Supreme Court issued a narrow ruling today limiting its decision to the specific facts of the case. The Court importantly did not rule that the Constitution gives a right to discriminate and punted that issue for another day. The longstanding principle that business owners cannot deny equal access to goods and services remains the law of the land. Today’s decision makes clear that our fight for equal rights and protection for all must continue.”

The Leadership Conference participated in an amicus brief in this case, which is available here.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit