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  • Masterpiece Cakeshop Ruling Bad but Could Have Been Worse, Attorney Says
    Posted in In the News on June 5, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equal Rights

    After the U.S. Supreme Court sided with Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips, who had argued that his refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, back in 2012 was based on sincerely held religious beliefs, a wide variety of advocacy groups and political figures shared their opinions on the ruling, pro and con. (A sampling of their views is below.) Among the most interesting takes is that of a direct participant: attorney Paula Greisen, who represented Cr... Read more

  • Perlmutter Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Masterpiece Cakeshop Case
    Posted in Press Releases on June 4, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equal Rights

    Lakewood, Colo. – U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission: “The Masterpiece case was an opportunity for the Supreme Court to set an important anti-discrimination precedent. Unfortunately today’s ruling, though narrowly written, reminds us we can never stop fighting against discrimination in this country and underscores the need for nationwide nondiscrimination protectio... Read more

  • ‘I, Too, Am Qualified’ Takes On Age Discrimination
    Posted in In the News on April 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equal Rights, Jobs & the Economy

    Not even 50 years of age, Nancy Fingerhood and Michael Lindenberger found it much harder to land jobs in Colorado than unemployment statistics show. After months and months and hundreds of job applications without success, the Westminster couple came to believe they were victims of age discrimination. Eventually, Lindenberger found a photography job, while Fingerhood works part-time for a title insurance company and is a substitute teacher. But their experiences led to the formation of a group t... Read more

  • What Coloradans need to know about Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address
    Posted in In the News on January 29, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equal Rights, Energy/Environment, Jobs & the Economy, Foreign Affairs, Healthcare, Immigration, Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    President Donald Trump will give his first State of the Union address this week, and there are some things that Coloradans should be watching for. The speech will be just after 7 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on Tuesday, and is expected to cover a variety of topics, from Trump’s first-year successes to immigration and infrastructure. Here’s what you need to know ahead of the address: What is Trump expected to say? The president is expected to spend a good deal of his address Tuesday night focusing... Read more

  • Denver mayor defies Justice Department in investigation of illegal immigrant policy
    Posted in In the News on January 25, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equal Rights, Immigration

    WASHINGTON — Denver’s mayor is pledging to defy Justice Department investigators who Wednesday demanded information about whether the city and county are withholding information on illegal immigrants. The Justice Department announced it was investigating 23 cities and states accused of restricting information about illegal immigrants who immigration officials want to identify and deport. The city and county of Denver are on the list. Cities and states — like Denver — whose police restrict the in... Read more

  • Colorado politicos react to Supreme Court hearing on Masterpiece Cakeshop case
    Posted in In the News on December 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equal Rights

    Both sides agree it’s a question of rights but differ sharply whose rights should prevail under the law in a case argued Tuesday before the U.S. Supreme Court — whether it’s the baker and his religious beliefs or the same-sex couple and their right to be treated like any other customers. As the divisive case had its day in court — pitting Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips against the married couple, Charlie Craig and David Mullins — Colorado politicians hewed mainly along partisan lines a... Read more

  • Colorado Democrats in Congress join amicus brief in Masterpiece Cakeshop case
    Posted in In the News on November 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equal Rights

    WASHINGTON — Democrats among Colorado’s congressional delegation joined an amicus brief this week filed in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case Dec. 5 to decide whether Lakewood-based Masterpiece Cakeshop violated the civil rights of a same-sex couple by refusing to make them a wedding cake. The shop’s owner, Jack Phillips, cited his religious objections to same-sex marriage. The Colorado Civil Rights Commissio... Read more

  • Colorado Lawmakers File Amicus Brief in Masterpiece Cakeshop Case
    Posted in Press Releases on November 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equal Rights

    Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, along with Colorado U.S. Representatives Diana DeGette, Ed Perlmutter, and Jared Polis, are among 211 Members of Congress who this week filed an Amicus Brief in the case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which will be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court on December 5. The brief is in support of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which enforces the state’s anti-discrimination statute providing civil rights protect... Read more

  • Perlmutter Statement on Removal of Steve Bannon as White House Chief Strategist
    Posted in Press Releases on August 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equal Rights

    LAKEWOOD, COLO. – U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) issued the following statement today after Steve Bannon was fired as White House Chief Strategist: “The departure of Steve Bannon from the White House is good news for Americans. Since President Trump was first elected, I urged him to take the steps necessary to unify our country which included rescinding his appointment of Steve Bannon as White House Chief Strategist. Bannon’s ties to the White Nationalist movement and his beliefs in anti-Semiti... Read more

  • Perlmutter Introduces Equality Act of 2017
    Posted in Press Releases on May 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equal Rights

    Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) joined 193 House colleagues in reintroducing the Equality Act to ensure nationwide, comprehensive protection from discrimination for LGBT people. Despite major advances in equality for LGBT Americans, including nationwide marriage equality, the majority of states still do not have explicit, permanent LGBT non-discrimination protection laws. The Equality Act of 2017 would ensure full federal non-discrimination equality by adding sexual ori... Read more

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