Supreme Court scolds Commission for hostility toward religion

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It's inaccurate to compare such businesses to a restaurant that refuses to serve same-sex couples in general, because no one is asking the restaurant owner to endorse a message or espouse a belief that violates his or her conscience or religious beliefs.

"The Court's precedents make clear that the baker, in his capacity as the owner of a business serving the public, might have his right to the free exercise of religion limited by generally applicable laws", he wrote.

But the court stayed out of the thornier issue of whether people can avoid providing services to same-sex weddings because of religious beliefs.

Stephen Colbert perfectly lampooned the Supreme Court ruling in the anti-gay bakery case last night. "Justice Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion that the Colorado government demonstrated a "hostility" that was "inconsistent" with the First Amendment".

A similar "gay cake" row is ongoing in Northern Ireland. The majority begins its analysis by emphasizing that "gay persons and gay couples can not be treated as social outcasts or as inferior in dignity and worth".

"What matters is that Phillips would not provide a good or service to a same-sex couple that he would provide to a hetereosexual couple".

Conservative Christians also saw the case as a victory.

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Phillips said the response of the community has been "overwhelmingly supportive", as "my community realized how important this case is and how important it is to protect the freedom of, creative professionals myself".

Craig said it was "devastating to feel like you lost", but he and his husband will continue to push for equal rights. During a brief encounter at Phillips' Masterpiece Cakeshop in the Denver suburb of Lakewood, the baker politely but firmly refused, leaving the couple distraught.

If the civil rights commissioners in Colorado violated the baker's religious rights by failing to give his beliefs a fair hearing, as evidenced by their public comments, did Trump likewise discriminate against Muslims seeking to enter the country when he when he banned entry to members of a religion he spoke of disparagingly?

The State's interest could have been weighed against Phillips' honest religious objections in a way consistent with the requisite religious neutrality that must be strictly observed.

Burda: "If I went in for a cake from a baker and they said, 'We're not going to bake it because we don't like gay people.' Could I sue? Yes".

The case's outcome hinged on the actions of the Colorado commission.

Kristin Wagner, of the Alliance for Defending Freedom, was on the program with Philips, and said that his freedom was compromised by the commission as it was hostile toward him.

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"We have an election, and the governor we elect this November will make the next three appointments", Gardner said.

"The court reversed the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision based on concerns unique to the case but reaffirmed its longstanding rule that states can prevent the harms of discrimination in the marketplace, including against LGBT people", Louise Melling, the ACLU's deputy legal director, said. She teaches a gay legal issues course at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and has followed the Colorado baker case.

Mullins and Craig said Phillips was using his Christian faith as pretext for unlawful discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The baker, Jack Phillips, appealed to the Supreme Court after both the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and its Court of Appeals ruled that he had discriminated against a same-sex couple who asked the bakery to make their wedding cake.

In a statement issued after the ruling Monday, Phillips' Supreme Court lawyer praised the decision.

Q: Can a gay couple in OH get a cake from a baker who opposes same-sex marriage?

Colorado is one of 22 states that includes sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination law, which allowed Mr Craig and Mr Mullins to win their case before the state's Civil Rights Commission.

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