Case of gay couple's wedding cake heads to Supreme Court


The court announced today that it will hear another case involving LGBT rights, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, in which a baker is appealing a ruling that found him in violation of antidiscrimination laws by refusing to provide a cake for a same-sex wedding. Phillips has said that if he were required to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple it would constitute coerced speech.

Charlie Craig and David Mullins filed a complaint against Phillips and his suburban Denver shop after Phillips said he would not create and decorate a cake in honor of their marriage. Even though Colorado did not legalize gay marriage until 2014, the couple was planning to go to MA to elope.

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court in two separate decisions ruled against the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act and restored marriage equality to California after passage of Proposition 8. "The right to practice one's religion is firmly protected by the U.S. Constitution, however, personal religious beliefs do not give a public business owner a special right to violate the law by discriminating against LGBTQ people".

Shannon Minter, legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, which had petitioned the US high court along with attorneys for the couples, said similar issues are being litigated in other states but Arkansas was the only court to rule this way. They noted that the baker refused to make cakes to celebrate Halloween or that carry "anti-American or anti-family themes".

When businesses open their doors to the public, they must open them to everyone on the same terms, regardless of race, color, national origin, disability, or - under many state laws - sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

The administration said in court papers the appeals court ruling would force judges to make case-by-case assessments of the risks possession by convicted felons, a job for which they are ill-suited. "Businesses should not be allowed to violate the law and discriminate against us because of who we are and who we love", Mullins said in a statement distributed by the ACLU, which is representing the couple.

Should the Supreme Court rule in favor of New Jersey, it would allow racetracks and casinos in Atlantic City to offer gambling on professional and amateur sports. In prior cases, Gorsuch has embraced an expansive view of religious rights. Monday the Supreme Court made a decision to hear a case that may test these limits - Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

Lawyers for the state commission and the American Civil Liberties Union urged the court to turn down the appeal in Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

"The government in Colorado is picking and choosing which messages they'll support and which artistic messages they'll protect", said Kristen Waggoner of the Alliance Defending Freedom, which took the baker's case.