Published: Dec. 5, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court buildingThe U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments today on the Masterpiece Cake Shop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case. The case could set precedent for the balance between equal protection clauses and First Amendment questions, and a ruling is expected next year.

Scott Moss, law professor, can speak to both the LGBTQ rights and First Amendment issues involved in this SCOTUS case. In 2015, he argued Colorado State Patrol discriminated against Brett Williams, a state trooper who was denied re-employment for revealing he was gay. Moss also argued the First Amendment “ballot selfie” case in 2016, securing an injunction against the state’s ban on ballot photographs. He can be reached at or at 720-839-2920.

Craig Konnoth, associate law professor, attended the oral arguments. He also wrote an amicus brief used in the case. Konnoth says the brief was cited by the American Civil Liberties Union and the State of Colorado during oral arguments. He can be reached at or 917-753-4540.

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