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A grieving widow has just lost her spouse. She, her parents, and her in-laws enter a funeral home to arrange burial services. But they are turned away when the staff realize that the woman and her late spouse are lesbians.
People think discrimination like this couldnt happen, but it does and it did.
This ad explains how a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of discrimination could make matters worse.
Inspired by a real case, this ad, Funeral Home, shows devastating harms of service refusals by businesses that serve the public
"Funeral Home" is the latest in a series of ads that illustrate how a loss in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case would open the door to wide-ranging forms of discrimination. A ruling for the bakery in this case could sanction and encourage this type of discrimination not just against LGBT people, but also interfaith couples, people of color, women, people with disabilities, and others. A decision in this case is expected by June.
LGBT people continue to be at risk for discrimination in their daily lives, even at their most painful moments, like when burying a loved one. Thirty-one states lack nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people in public places. And there are no federal nondiscrimination protections in public accommodations for LGBT people. As a result, just over half of LGBT people in the United States live in a state where businesses, including funeral homes, can refuse to serve someone because of who they are.
As a nation, we decided a long time ago that businesses and services that are open to the public should be open to all. Nobody should be turned away simply because of who they are.
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