US Supreme Court backs baker in gay wedding cake case

Supreme court rules in favor of baker in same-sex wedding cake case

Baker Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, has been embroiled in legal action since 2012. Wisconsin Democrat Cathy Myers said that the decision will only embolden other "bigoted bakers", while writer Robert Sandy said that the decision gave Phillips license to be a "homophobic a**hole".

The larger issue of refusing service to the gay couple must "await further elaboration" in the courts.

Kennedy also noted that the Colorado Civil Rights Decision, which investigates discrimination claims, had ruled for three bakers who refused to bake cakes that conveyed disapproval of gay marriage.

In July 2012, Mr Mullins and Mr Craig went to Mr Phillips's Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, near Denver, to order a cake for a party to celebrate their planned marriage in MA later that year.

However, the ruling is incredibly narrow and does not affirm the right to discriminate based on religious beliefs. Charlie Craig and David Mullins chose to get married in MA, where it was legal.

Phillips contended that dual guarantees in the First Amendment - free speech and the free exercise of religion - protect him against Colorado's public accommodations law, which requires businesses to serve customers equally regardless of "disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, or ancestry". Colorado state courts upheld the determination.

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Craig and Mullins filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, who agreed that Phillips had violated Colorado state law by discriminating against a same-sex couple. In one exchange at a 2014 hearing cited by Kennedy, former commissioner Diann Rice said that "freedom of religion, and religion, has been used to justify all kinds of discrimination throughout history, whether it be slavery, whether it be the Holocaust".

That same sentiment suffused his opinion on Monday. The Court found that Colorado's Civil Rights Commission, which enforces discrimination policy, operated in a manner at odds with religious tolerance. Justice Anthony Kennedy authored the majority opinions in both cases. Two justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, disagreed with the seven-member majority and-in a dissent written by Ginsburg-argue that their colleagues' reasoning falls flat.

The court's 7-2 ruling in favor of Phillips shows his views weren't protected. Ginsburg stressed that there "is much in the Court's opinion with which I agree", but she "strongly" disagreed with the idea that the same-sex couple "should lose this case".

When arguments were held before the court in December, President Donald Trump's administration spoke in support of Phillips.

Still, the decision may encourage business owners and employees to test the extent of their rights for faith-based conduct in the marketplace, all but ensuring that new cases balancing religious freedom and equal protection issues will continue to wind through the court system in the months ahead.

Mr Phillips was at his shop on Monday morning, where he was busy answering the phone and getting congratulations from his supporters in person, including his pastor.

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