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Podcast: The Masterpiece Cakeshop case

November 30, 2017 by NCC Staff


On Dec. 5, the Court will hear oral argument in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case examining how to balance free speech and freedom of religion claims against claims of discrimination. The question at stake is whether the government can compel a bakery owner to act in ways—in this case, creating a wedding cake for a gay couple—that violates his religious beliefs about marriage.

Joining us to discuss these important questions are two of America’s leading thinkers on civil rights law.

Vanita Gupta is the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. The Leadership Conference joined an amicus brief in this case with other civil rights groups (NAACP, Southern Poverty Law Center), siding with the Civil Rights Division.

Michael Moreland is University Professor of Law and Religion and Director of the Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy at Villanova Law School. He joined an amicus brief along with 34 other legal scholars supporting the cake shop owner.

National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen moderates the discussion.


Today’s show was engineered by Kevin Kilbourne and produced by Ugonna Eze and Scott Bomboy. Research was provided by Lana Ulrich and Ugonna Eze.

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