Masterpiece Cakeshop: A Public Moot Court

Monday, November 13, 2017
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Knight Conference Center
555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States

Heralded as a potential landmark Supreme Court case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission centers on a Colorado cake artist, Jack Phillips, who refused on the basis of his religious beliefs to create a custom cake for a same-sex wedding ceremony.

The engaged couple sued Phillips under Colorado law, and the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case on Dec. 5. The case strikes at the heart of American civil society: What does tolerance in a free and pluralistic society look like? Which civil rights are at stake? Can one support both same-sex marriage and artists like Jack Phillips? What is the road ahead?

Join Supreme Court litigators David Cortman of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and Ria Tabacco Mar of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for a debate on the merits and implications of the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. A “bench” of U.S. Supreme Court reporters will moderate and time will be allotted for audience Q&A.

A reception will follow the event.

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