Businesses Serving the Public Should be Open to All

When two-year-old Katie fell and knocked her tooth out, her mom, Jane, did what any mom would do, she rushed her crying, bleeding child to the dentist. But when she arrived, the dentist told her, “A child cannot have two mothers so the ‘real mom’ has to be here.” She called her wife Marie to tell her, “You have to come and bring Katy’s birth certificate proving you are her mom before they will treat her.”

Jane and Marie’s experience is just one of the many real-life stories of discrimination featured in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court that Equality Federation recently signed on to. The case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, ignited when a cake shop denied service to a gay couple who was preparing for their wedding, but it’s about so much more than a cake shop.

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Rebecca Isaacs

Since 2011, Rebecca Isaacs has been the Executive Director of the Equality Federation, the strategic partner to state-based organizations winning equality in the communities we call home.
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