Press Release ● Human and Civil Rightsfacebooktwitterbirdemail
For Immediate Release: 
November 1, 2017
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), House Democrats, and advocates at a press conference to announce the filing of an amicus brief in support of civil rights protections for historically marginalized groups in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Below is a transcript of his remarks:
 
“The advantage of being a little older than some others is that you remember what was, and you pledge to not repeat that which was bad...

"People talk about religious conviction. When I was at Georgetown Law School, I worked in that Senate office building, and I would open the mail, a high falutin job, and these missiles would come in, hate mail if you will, which said that blacks and whites were dedicated by God not to be together and so discrimination and segregation could be justified.
 
“And so, presumably if an African American couple came into a store and asked for a wedding cake, they could be told no. But certainly, in that context, they could be told no if [they were] a white man and an African American woman [who] came into the store and asked for a cake. ‘Oh no, my religious conviction holds that miscegenation is against God’s word.’ I could shut you out. I could exclude you. That we really didn’t mean all men and all women are created equal in the sight of the law.
 
“That’s what this amicus brief is about. What America is about. What dignity of the individual is about. And I am proud to have joined this amicus with so many of my friends here to say this is America. And we’re better than exclusion; we’re better than hate; we’re better than prejudice; and we respect each and every one of our fellow citizens.
 
“Let us pray that the Supreme Court redeems once again, the promise of America: for dignity and respect, equality and justice for every American.”