Palm Springs joins anti-discrimination brief

By on November 2, 2017
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Palm Springs has filed a “friend of the court” brief supporting equal rights and non-discrimination for the LGBTQ community.

The brief, signed by 70 other cities and the U.S. Council of Mayors, was submitted Monday in connection with the upcoming case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Masterpiece Cakeshop, LTD v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, according to a statement.

The case involves a bakery in Lakewood, Colo., that maintained it should not have to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because to do so would violate its religious beliefs. i.e., the owner’s opposition to same-sex marriage.

“Palm Springs is once again leading the way in advocating for and protecting LGBTQ individuals and members of other communities subjected to discrimination whether they be residents or visitors,” Councilmember Geoff Kors said in the statement. “Any business that is open to the public must be open to all of the public, not just some of the public.”

The court is scheduled to hear arguments on the case Dec. 5.