Amicus Brief

303 Creative LLC v. Aubrey Elenis (U.S. Supreme Court, 2022)

At issue in this case is a business that seeks a religious exemption from a state anti-discrimination law for the purpose of denying wedding-related services to LGBTQ+ couples. It, however, does not currently sell such services and there is no allegation that the business violated the law. ADL joined 7 other civil rights organizations in an amicus brief led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law arguing that upholding public accommodation laws is essential to ensuring that people of color can access publicly available goods and services. The argument focuses on the ongoing importance of having strong public accommodation laws in light of continuing discrimination, the state’s compelling interest in preventing discrimination, and the case law supporting public accommodation laws against First Amendment challenges. The brief underscores that historically marginalized groups, including people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and other groups continue to experience discrimination and need the protection provided by strong public accommodation laws.