In 2017 Rev. Marie Alford-Harkey joined an amicus brief with over 1,300 religious leaders in the U.S. Supreme Court case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, arguing that religion does not justify discrimination against LGBTQ people. Rev. Alford-Harkey understands, as so many others do, that religious freedom is one of the fundamental principles of American democracy but it does not give anyone the right to impose their beliefs on others. She serves as the President and CEO of the Religious Institute.
“Over the last 10 years, the movement of people of faith in support of justice and equal treatment for LGBTQ people has continued to grow, strengthen, and diversify,” she said. “We must continue to seek justice and counter the voices of those who would misuse religion to advocate for discrimination.”