On Monday, April 9, Dr. John Corvino, Professor of Philosophy at Wayne State University, will deliver a presentation: "Let Them Eat Cake: Religious Liberty, Discrimination, and the Masterpiece Cakeshop Case."
The presentation will be followed by a book signing. The event is co-sponsored by the Focus Series and Pageturners Book Club.
This event will be in VisTaTech at the Kehrl Auditorium (VT550)
ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
In 2012 Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop refused to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, citing his religious beliefs. He was subsequently found liable for sexual-orientation discrimination under Colorado's Public Accommodations law. The case is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court, posing difficult questions about First Amendment rights to religious liberty and freedom of speech, on the one hand, and the meaning and significance of antidiscrimination protections, on the other.
In this talk, Dr. John Corvino, veteran LGBT-rights scholar, explains the controversy and argues that, given the facts of the case, the baker should lose.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Dr. John Corvino is Professor of Philosophy and the incoming Dean of the Irvin D. Reid Honors College at Wayne State University. He has lectured at over 250 campuses on ethics, sexuality, and marriage.