June 04, 2018


Newton, MA – Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

"Allowing exemptions to our civil rights ignores the painful lessons of our nation's past. Today's Supreme Court ruling sends a dangerous signal to those across the country who wish to use religious freedom as a sword rather than a shield. Most critically, today’s decision underscores the urgent need for nationwide non-discrimination protections to ensure no one who calls America home is denied services, opportunity or basic dignity simply because of who they are."

Kennedy serves as chairman of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force. Following the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision, he introduced the Do No Harm Act with Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), which would amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to preserve civil rights. He has been a proud co-sponsor of major equality legislation, from the Equality Act to the Global Respect Act to the Student Non-Discrimination Act.


For Immediate Release:
June 4, 2018
Dan Black (202) 225-5931

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