FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 30, 2023
CONTACT: Sara Loflin, Executive Director at [email protected]
DENVER: Responding to the ruling handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court today in the case of 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis allowing businesses involved in many forms of creative design to discriminate against customers based on their religious beliefs, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest multi-issue progressive advocacy organization, condemned this historic perversion of justice and vowed to continue the struggle for equality for all Americans despite this devastating rollback of Colorado’s overwhelmingly popular anti-discrimination laws.
“Today’s ruling in 303 Creative v. Elenis by Donald Trump and Cory Gardner’s Supreme Court majority will be remembered as one of the most damaging and most embarrassing in the Court’s history, and a future Court will be obliged to undo the harm done today,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Sara Loflin. “The extremist leaning Supreme Court already has a legitimacy problem thanks to the recently-exposed corruption of Justices Thomas and Alito. Today, Colorado’s Neil Gorsuch just blew up Colorado law and greenlighted discrimination against LGBTQ+ Americans nationwide based on a fake case.”
“The plaintiff in this case was never harmed and never produced anything,” said Loflin. “According to news reports, the gay couple she claimed asked her for work never existed. She was simply afraid as a bigot that under Colorado’s non-discrimination law she might not be able to deny service to someone based on her hatred of LGBTQ people. And right-wing SCOTUS justices just validated her right to discriminate.”
“Colorado’s nondiscrimination laws exist to ensure that no one is turned away because of who they are,” said Loflin. “In a country as diverse as ours, these protections are important for everyone. The implications of this case are terrible and far-reaching.”
“This decision betrays our values as Coloradans and as a country. LGBTQ+ people are our family members, co-workers, business owners, classmates, and customers in every community,” said Loflin. “Together we will continue working side by side with our neighbors to ensure freedom and inclusion for everyone. It is time for us to stand up for and stand beside This is the Colorado way.”