L ast week, I listened as the US supreme court wrestled with whether a Colorado baker could refuse to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple. First, she argued, with great passion, that if the baker, Jack Phillips, was required to sell his cakes to gay couples on the same basis as he sells cakes to non-gay couples, then African-American bakers would have to sell cakes to members of the Klu Klux Klan. Bakers, whether African-American or not, must sell to people of all races equally because the law forbids discrimination based on race. That is, the law says the baker cannot treat customers, including Klan members, differently based on race. If the Klan customer asked for a custom-designed cake with a cross to celebrate white supremacy, a baker can refuse, if she wants.
Supreme court sides with baker who refused to make gay wedding cake
Supreme Court says baker OK to refuse gay wedding cake Video - ABC News
The nation's highest court has issued a verdict on a much-buzzed-about case. The Supreme Court has issued a verdict on a much-buzzed-about case. Colorado Civil Rights Commission , ruling in favor of a bakery owner who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The verdict was a decision, with Justice Anthony Kennedy writing for the majority opinion. Phillips offered the couple other baked goods, but refused to make them one of his signature custom cakes for the occasion, citing his religious belief that marriage is between a man and a woman. The pair filed charges with the Civil Rights Commission in Colorado, which is one of the minority of states that includes sexual orientation along with race, gender and religion in its anti-discrimination laws.
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In narrow ruling, Supreme Court gives victory to baker who refused to make cake for gay wedding
Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who declined to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. To be clear, important legal questions were at the center of this case. How do we safeguard religious liberty in the marketplace without opening the door to discrimination?
By Lawrence Hurley. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory on narrow grounds to a Colorado baker who refused based on his Christian beliefs to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, stopping short of setting a major precedent allowing people to claim religious exemptions from anti-discrimination laws. The state law bars businesses from refusing service based on race, sex, marital status or sexual orientation. But the justices did not issue a definitive ruling on the circumstances under which people can seek exemptions from anti-discrimination laws based on religion.