Andrew Garfield showed his support for the LGBTQ community while accepting his award for Leading Actor in a Play during the 72nd annual Tony Awards Sunday, calling out the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex couple for religious reasons.
“We are all sacred and we all belong,” said Garfield, who won for his performance as AIDS patient Prior Walter in a hit revival of Tony Kushner’s epic play “Angels in America.”
“So let’s just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked,” the actor said.
Garfield dedicated his award to the “countless LGBTQ people who have fought and died for the right to live and love as we are created to.”
The cake reference was aimed at the Supreme Court’s ruling last Monday in favor of Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jake Phillips, who made a claim of religious freedom to justify his decision to refuse to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
In a 7-2 decision, the court ruled that the state of Colorado had improperly considered Phillips’ religious views in its decision, noting “these disputes must be resolved with tolerance, without undue disrespect to sincere religious beliefs and without subjecting gay persons to indignities when they seek goods and services in an open market.”