Gardner Responds to Masterpiece Cakeshop Ruling

Denver -- Colorado Springs Republican Senator Bob Gardner, who led the effort to reform the Colorado Civil Rights Commission in the 2018 legislative session, from his position as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case:

"Today, the United States Supreme Court found that our State's Civil
Rights Commission acted with hostility toward a citizen's free exercise
of religion.  In fact, the Court noted the unchallenged hostility toward
religion by this group appointed by our Governor. The Court found that
the very body charged with protecting the rights of our citizens acted
with hostility toward those rights in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. 

During the legislative session, I struggled to restore balance to the
Civil Rights Commission and ensure that it would not be captured by a
viewpoint that favors one set of protected rights over another. This is
the very reason I worked last session to restore balance and
accountability to the Civil Rights Commission.  While some believed the
legislation achieved that, I did not and voted against the
reauthorization of an unaccountable commission.

The Court's ruling today confirms that my concerns were legitimate and
the need for balance on the Commission absolutely essential for our
citizens.  The Governor we elect this year will make at least three
appointments to the Commission early next year.  That is why it is
critical that we elect a Governor committed to protecting all of our
civil rights, including the right to religious freedom."

--
Bob Gardner
State Senator
District 12

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commented 2018-06-04 10:27:10 -0600 · Flag
Thank you, Senator.
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