The ACLU of Oregon has filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Oregon Court of Appeals in Klein v. Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI). The United States Supreme Court sent the case back to the state court after the ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
In Masterpiece Cakeshop, the Supreme Court overturned a Colorado ruling against a baker who refused to serve a gay couple because the government exhibited anti-religious bias in reaching its conclusion that the baker violated Colorado’s non-discrimination law.
Our friend-of-the-court brief argues that BOLI’s actions in the Oregon case did not exhibit hostility to religion, that state anti-discrimination laws protect Oregonians who are refused service based on their sexual orientation, and that the Oregon court should reaffirm its original decision.
Religion is not a license to discriminate.