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Press Statement on the Supreme Court Decision Allowing Discrimination

No matter what, Out Boulder County is at the ready to support our LGBTQ+ community and advocate for our rights, today and everyday.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Mardi Moore, Executive Director of Out Boulder Countymobile: 720-346-1836email: mmoore@outboulder.org

Jonathon Singer, Senior Director of Policy Programs at Boulder Chambermobile: 303-875-4727email: jonathan.singer@boulderchamber.org

Bruce Parker, Deputy Director of Out Boulder CountyMobile Phone: 225-588-7673Email: bparker@outboulder.org


Supreme Court Strikes a Blow to Non-discrimination Protections for LGBTQ+ People and other Protected Classes with 303 Creative Decision


Boulder County, Colorado, June 30, 2023

There will be a community rally responding to the 303 Creative Decision today at 6PM today in Roosevelt Park in Longmont during the Longmont Pride Festival that is open to the press. Local experts and elected officials including legal expert Jean Dubofsky, Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty, Representative Brianna Titone, Boulder County NAACP President Annett James, and Boulder Mayor Aaron Brockett, and Longmont Mayor Joan Peck. They will be available for comment after the rally.

Community Rally (Open To Press)

Date and Time:  Friday, June 30, 6 - 6:30pm

Location:  Longmont Pride at Roosevelt Park, 700 Longs Peak Avenue, Longmont CO


Statements from Leadership of Out Boulder County and the Boulder Chamber


Mardi Moore, Executive Director of Out Boulder County

“If you have never watched your rights be taken away on television, you cannot begin to understand how LGBTQ+ people are feeling today. Today’s 303 Creative decision does not include a clearly defined legal limiting principle, the Supreme Court of the United States, in a 6-3 ruling, granted the right to some businesses to discriminate against a legally protected class of people for the first time in our history. This opinion is unclear, unsound, and may have an immense impact on the rights of all members of protected classes including LGBTQ+ people. The implications and parameters of this decision will be worked through the legal system for years to come, but we know that today, it allows discrimination against protected classes, including LGBTQ+ people.”


Bruce Parker, Deputy Director of Out Boulder County

“Today is a devastating day for LGBTQ+ people and anyone else who cares about equality and justice. Although the 303 Creative case was focused on LGBTQ+ people, this decision impacts anyone who is a likely target of discrimination and makes anyone in a protected class a potential target. We are sad, angry, and determined to continue fighting to ensure that LGBTQ+ people, and all other protected classes, have fair and equal access to goods, services, and opportunities.”


John Tayer, President and CEO of Boulder Chamber

“Discrimination, including that based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, is abhorrent to the values of our business community and should be for our society at large.”


Jonathan Singer, Senior Director of Policy Programs of Boulder Chamber

“A free market should never guarantee freedom to discriminate. We will be reaching out to our businesses with opportunities to demonstrate their public support for the LGBTQ+ community in the shadow of this historically tragic decision.”


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About Out Boulder County

Working independently and in collaboration, Out Boulder County facilitates connection, advocacy, education, research and programs to ensure LGBTQ+ people and communities thrive in Boulder County and beyond.

About the Boulder Chamber

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