The City of West Hollywood released an official statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis.
“The US Supreme Court’s conservative majority ruled today that there is a constitutional right to free speech that allows businesses to refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings. The City of West Hollywood expresses profound disappointment in this Supreme Court decision. Equal means equal. There should be no opportunity for our country’s highest court to sideline the dignity and rights of LGBTQ people. We must do better as a nation. In West Hollywood, we embrace a core value of respect and support for all people. Discrimination should never be tolerated. We will continue our tireless fight for full equality for LGBTQ people everywhere.”
Mayor Sepi Shyne released a statement of her own on Instagram titled “Wake the fuck up America.” The mayor likens the ruling to the Islamic Republic’s takeover of Iran, her home country, and warns that other minorities such as Jews and people of color will “be next.” She ends the statement with a call to donate to her campaign for Congress:
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Hi, City of West Hollywood! Mayor Sepi Shine here. The Supreme Court just gave a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people to businesses claiming religious reasons. I’ve shared this story before, and I’m going to do it again and again in my second year of college. I was holding hands with my girlfriend at the time in a coffee shop when the manager and a police officer literally threw us out, saying, “The manager doesn’t want your kind in this establishment.” That was illegal back then, but guess what? After this ruling, things like that aren’t illegal anymore.
We fought so hard for many years to have equality as LGBTQ people, to have respect, decency, and to feel safe when we’re out holding hands, going to businesses. Now, the Supreme Court just ruled that we are not equal citizens anymore. They are literally reverting us to second-class citizens, and that is wrong—so wrong. And this isn’t just about LGBTQ people. People of color are going to be next. Jewish people are going to be next. People with disabilities could be next.
I need the whole community to wake up. LGBTQ youth, wake up! People need to see what’s happening in this country. Religious extremism has taken over our government and the Supreme Court, and we are all going to lose our rights. That’s why I’m running for Congress—to fight for our rights so that America doesn’t become Iran. Because that’s exactly what happened in Iran. Religious extremists took over the country and took away everyone’s rights. The same thing is happening in America, and we have to stop it. That’s why I’m running for Congress. I want to fight for all of us, stop this from happening, and be a voice for equity and equality. That’s what I’ve always done, and I will continue to do so.
Tonight is my deadline for this campaign, and I still have to raise another $30,000. So please, if you are in this fight with me for equality for everyone, go to www.sepishyne.com and donate right now.