Today, the United States Supreme Court voted 7-2 that the state of Colorado did not respect a local baker’s right to religious freedom when he refused to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple due to his Christian faith.
LDS Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said issued a short statement in reaction to the news:
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints welcomes today’s Supreme Court decision. The nation’s laws can protect both religious liberty and the rights of LGBT citizens. That is the meaning of fairness for all.”
Since 2015, the Church has used the phrase “Fairness for All” in regards to its stance on respecting religious freedom and the laws of the land. Over the years, the Church has:
- Released a series of resources to teach about religious freedom.
- Filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court discussing same-sex marriage.
- Called for balance and accommodation, not culture wars.
- Encouraged LDS members to become involved in their communities.
- Applauded a Utah bill that protects the employment and housing rights of those in the LGBTQ community.