NASW files amicus brief in same-sex marriage cake case, supports legal protections from discrimination for people who are LGBT

Dec 6, 2017

Wedding cake topper with two people in suits, flowers

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) partnered with the American Psychological Association on the amicus brief in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

The U.S. Supreme Court case addresses the validity of Colorado’s anti-discrimination statute which prevents commercial businesses from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation, in addition to other attributes such as race and religion.

In this case, the business owner raised First Amendment claims based on speech and religion arguing that he should not be required to provide a gay couple with a wedding cake. Colorado found that the First Amendment did not empower the owner to violate Colorado’s state law prohibition on sexual orientation discrimination and the matter is now pending with the U.S. Supreme Court.

In our amicus brief,  NASW supported the need for legal protections from discrimination and provided scientific research to the courts regarding the nature of sexual orientation, discrimination and the effects of stigma.

Learn about NASW’s legal department and the NASW Legal Defense Fund.