DOJ Petitions Supreme Court To Make Oral Arguments Against LGBT Rights During Colorado Baker Hearing

From the right wing Townhall:

The Trump Administration asked the Supreme Court Wednesday for permission to speak during December 5th oral arguments in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission which began when Colorado Christian baker Jack Phillips refused to create a wedding cake for a gay couple’s wedding because he disagrees with same-sex marriage.

“The United States has a substantial interest in this case,” writes Solicitor General Noel Francisco who, the DOJ confirmed, will deliver the United States’ argument.

“As a general matter, the United States has a substantial interest in the preservation of federal constitutional rights of free expression,” the motion reads. “In addition, the United States has a particular interest in the scope of such rights in the context of the Colorado statute here, which shares certain features with federal public accommodations laws including Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.”

More from ThinkProgress:

Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt was one of the first to catch wind that the United States might be asking for time at the Supreme Court, and he asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions about it in an interview Thursday morning. 

“We ought to be more respectful of people, really, on both sides, perhaps, to express themselves without always ending up in court,” Sessions said, adding that he believes the law, “if properly enforced… protects expression of religion.”

Sessions echoed those sentiments Thursday afternoon in remarks to the Heritage Foundation. Referring to the Department’s amicus brief, Sessions again stated his belief that nondiscrimination laws can be overruled by an individual’s religious beliefs.