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Thursday, August 31, 2017
IFI Staff
IFI to Play Role in SCOTUS Case This Fall

When the United States Supreme Court hears arguments on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case this fall, they’ll also be considering a brief prepared by IFI’s allies and attorneys.

Jim Bopp, the attorney representing IFI, IFA, and AFA, released the following statement:

 

“The First Amendment was adopted in reaction to years of religious wars and speech oppression in Britain, Europe, and elsewhere. It was influenced by Enlightenment thinkers, horrified by such wars and oppression, who called for tolerance for the beliefs and speech of others. And the First Amendment was enacted to protect nonconformists from such oppression. It is America’s means to peaceful coexistence and should be applied in current social conflicts to maintain that. Cases involving providers of expressive services in the same-sex-marriage context are readily resolved under the First Amendment’s protection against compelled speech and expressive-association.”

 

The landmark Masterpiece Cakeshop case – which is likely to set future precedent in several areas of public policy, including interpretation of the First Amendment and religious freedom rights – focuses on Jack Phillips, owner of a Denver-area bakery, who declined to make a cake affirming homosexuality for a same-sex ceremony.

 

Advocates and opponents agree that the outcome of this case is likely to influence a plethora of other cases nationwide.

 

We need your help to continue these legal challenges. If you value your religious freedom, will you pitch in to help us win on these cases? Your gift of $30, $50, $100, or more will be put to immediate use!

 

The amicus curiae brief filed in federal court on behalf of Indiana Family Institute, Indiana Family Action, and the American Family Association, follows a flurry of activity in Hoosier courtrooms. The cities of Indianapolis, Carmel, Columbus, and Bloomington are facing legal challenges from IFI over several ordinances that pertain to religious freedom and the First Amendment.

 

On Thursday, Curt Smith, IFI President, released the following statement regarding the brief and how it applies to IFI’s legal challenges in Indiana:

 

“Just as pro-family groups like ours should not be compelled to include participants who undercut our pro-family message, so a cake artist should not be compelled to speak, and associate with, all the messages involved in a custom-designed cake to be used as a wedding cake in a same-sex marriage. Compelling speech in either situation is forbidden by the First Amendment. The Peaceful Coexistence Model in our brief shows that people generally coexist peacefully, but the First Amendment is there to protect in potential conflict areas to assure that peaceful coexistence.”

 

We’ll keep you up to date on the state of the Masterpiece Cakeshop case and any others that may impact your religious freedom, as well as each of the cases pending against several Indiana cities.

 

We’re grateful for your support and the opportunity to serve you and your family in this capacity. If you are able, we’d be grateful to have your financial support as we fight these important battles together.

 

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