SUPREME COURT

Justice for Jack

On June 4, 2018, Jack Phillips, cake artist and owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, won his case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Jack had been sued for declining to create a custom wedding cake celebrating a same-sex marriage, but both liberal and conservative justices sided with Jack in a 7-2 decision.

Jack’s case brought liberals and conservatives together because we should all agree:

01.

Government hostility toward religious beliefs has no place in our pluralistic society.

Tolerance and respect for good-faith differences of opinion are essential and enable us to peacefully coexist with each other. The Supreme Court’s decision makes clear that the government must respect Jack’s beliefs about marriage. If we want to have freedom for ourselves, we have to extend it to those with whom we disagree.

02.

We all should have the right to live and work consistent with our deeply held beliefs.

Jack did not discriminate against anyone. In fact, he offered to design the same-sex couple a cake for a different event or to sell them anything else in his store. He serves everyone; he simply declines to express messages or celebrate events that violate his deeply held beliefs.

03.

Countless people of good will—from faith traditions as diverse as Islam and Christianity—believe that marriage is the union of a man and a woman.

No one should be bullied or banished from the marketplace for peacefully living out that belief. The Supreme Court’s decision establishes that the millions of people who hold that belief are not second-class citizens, but that they belong as part of the community.

The First Amendment was designed to protect everyone—not just those whose views are considered popular. This isn't about whether you are for same-sex marriage or against it; it’s about whether the government can compel citizens to create art or express messages against their deeply held beliefs.

Do you agree? Sign the statement of belief.

“I agree that tolerance and respect are vital in a pluralistic society like ours.”

“I believe that the First Amendment protects us from being compelled by the government to express messages or celebrate events that we disagree with and that all Americans should have the freedom to live in accordance with their beliefs."

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About ADF

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is the nation’s largest legal organization defending the right of people to live out their faith. We work to preserve the fundamental freedoms of speech, religion, and conscience for people from all walks of life.

 

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If government can force me to choose between my livelihood and the creation of art that violates my faith and the essence of my identity, we all have cause for concern. As Americans, we must remember what has made our experiment in liberty and self-governance unique and incredible – the freedom to speak, work, and create consistently with our conscience.”

-Jack Phillips