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Wedding Cakes, Gay Rights and Religious Freedom
Jun 4, 2018 at 08:22 PM

The Quick Facts

  • On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a ruling in its case, "Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission."
  • This case arose after a baker, Jack Phillips, refused to bake a custom cake for a wedding between two gay men, David Mullins and Charlie Craig.
  • The Court ruled in favor of Jack Phillips via a 7-2 vote based on extremely narrow grounds. They claimed that the Colorado Commission had made statements that demonstrated its hostility to Phillip's religious beliefs. Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered the majority opinion, in which he also strongly reaffirmed protections for LGBTQ rights.
  • The Court's ruling doesn't provide an answer to the question of whether a business can discriminate against LGBTQ people under the religious freedom protections in the First Amendment. Its decision was meant to be limited to the facts of this specific case.

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