Supreme Court rules for Colorado baker in "gay wedding" cake case


The Commission sided with them, but the Supreme Court said Monday that the Commission didn't show enough neutrality to Phillips' beliefs.

Washington's attorney general, Bob Ferguson, said the high court's decision in the Colorado case "may lead to additional procedural steps", but it won't affect the ultimate outcome in the Arlene's Flowers case. Dissenting in the ruling was U.S. Associate Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was joined by U.S. Associate Justice Sonia Sotamayor. But in this case, he said, Phillips did not get the proper consideration. But the critical question of when Phillips' right to exercise his religion can be limited had to be determined, Kennedy emphasized, in a proceeding that was not tainted by hostility to religion. "In this case and others, the Department of Justice will continue to vigorously defend the free speech and religious freedom First Amendment rights of all Americans".

Experts expect religious right groups to try to use the ruling to undermine local and state nondiscrimination protections nationwide.

Such cases already are lined up.

FILE - Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, CO decorates a cake for a client on September 21, 2017.

Ginsburg agreed with Kennedy's assertions that same-sex couples should be spared "indignities when they seek goods and services in an open market".

In a 7-2 majority opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy faulted the commission for "a clear and impermissible hostility" to Phillips' religious beliefs.

Speaking after the ruling, ADF's Senior Counsel Kristen Waggoner said: "All creative professionals should be free to create expression consistent with their convictions and without the threat of government punishment".

For the baker's supporters, the case was about finding a way to respect conflicting beliefs about marriage. Phillips declined, saying he did not make cakes for same-sex weddings because of his Christian beliefs and because same-sex marriage was not then legal in Colorado.

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The ruling in favor of Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, is a landmark decision that gives more power to those wishing to discriminate against the LGBT community and others by citing their faith. The Colorado Supreme Court denied Masterpiece Cake's request for further review.

In 2012, Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig were planning a celebration after they were married in MA.

Jack Phillip wouldn't bake for David Mullins and Charlie Craig in 2012, prompting lengthy court action.

Phillips recalled: "Our conversation was just about 20 seconds long".

Colorado ordered him to either make cakes for same-sex weddings or stop making cakes at all.

Kennedy's opinion noted that this case was not simply a matter of a person refusing service to customers based on their sexual orientation.

Bryan Steelman, the owner of Portland's Por Que No taqueria, said he's anxious that the ruling will "embolden" businesses with anti-LGBTQ beliefs.

SCOTUS reversed the decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, based on concerns specific to the case.