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.”