It’s been five years since David Mullins and Charlie Craig were denied a wedding cake by baker Jack Phillips, who cited his religious beliefs as his reason for refusal. Now, according to NBC News, 35 amicus briefs have been submitted to the United States Supreme Court in support of the couple, with support from congressional democrats and prominent LGBTQ organizations.
Of the nearly three dozen briefs filed in support of the couple, one was submitted on behalf of more than 200 Democratic members of Congress, including Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The brief worries that exemptions like the one Phillips seeks could lead to damaging effects on anti-discrimination laws and “undermine” the Civil Rights Act.
Among the organizations filing briefs is Lambda Legal, pointing to the larger problem and conversation on the anti-LGBTQ discrimination in this country that worsens daily. “This is not about a cake,” said Lambda Legal CEO Rachel B. Tiven to NBC, “[LGBTQ people] are shunned and denied service… literally from birth to death. This discrimination is pervasive, in red states and blue states, in big cities and small town.”
The Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments on this case on December 5.