12/07/2017

Steven Collis Quoted in SHRM's Employment Law Article and in the Denver Business Journal on Wedding Cake Case

Steven T. Collis, chair of Holland & Hart’s nationwide religious institutions and First Amendment practice group, is quoted in Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Employment Law article “High Court Hears Arguments in Same-Sex Wedding Cake Case” posted on Dec. 7 and in the Denver Business Journal’sReligious freedom or discrimination? Wedding-cake fight reaches U.S. Supreme Court” article posted on Nov. 28. The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

In these articles, Collis provides commentary on the case, which began when Colorado baker Jack Phillips refused to bake a cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding. The case places First Amendment religious liberty and freedom of expression at odds with a Colorado law that prohibits businesses from denying services to LGBT citizens, among others. This is one of the most high-profile and politically charged cases of the term, addressing whether a small business open to the public has a constitutional right to refuse to participate in a wedding ceremony or engage in speech that violates the business owner’s sincerely held religious beliefs. Collis is not representing any of the parties in the case.

In addition to being a commercial litigator, Steven T. Collis focuses his practice on First Amendment and religious liberty issues; he writes, speaks, and counsels clients nationwide on the complex conflicts that can arise when religion and law intersect. Collis teaches religious liberty law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law; and recently was invited by the U.S. State Department to speak on "Fundamentals of Religious Liberty Law in the United States" to representatives from the Country of Georgia.

Click links below to read the full articles:

High Court Hears Arguments in Same-Sex Wedding Cake Case, SHRM, Dec. 7, 2017

Religious freedom or discrimination? Wedding-cake fight reaches U.S. Supreme Court, Denver Business Journal, Nov. 28, 2017

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