On December 5, , the U. Supreme Court heard the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case about a baker who refused to sell a cake for a same-sex wedding reception because of his religious beliefs. The case began in when Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins, a same-sex couple, went to Masterpiece Cakeshop, a bakery in Lakewood, Colorado, to purchase a custom wedding cake for their wedding reception. The bakery owner, Jack Phillips, said that he would sell wedding cakes only to heterosexual couples because of his religious beliefs.
High court avoids new case over same-sex wedding cake
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The US Supreme Court has ruled in favour of a baker in Colorado who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. The Colorado state court had found that baker Jack Phillips' decision to turn away David Mullins and Charlie Craig in was unlawful discrimination. But the Supreme Court ruled on Monday in a vote that that decision had violated Mr Phillips' rights. Gay rights groups feared a ruling against the couple could set a precedent for treating gay marriages differently from heterosexual unions. The decision does not state that florists, photographers, or other services can now refuse to work with gay couples. The ruling comes three years after the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage the law of the land in its landmark Obergefell v Hodges decision. The verdict said the commission had shown "clear hostility" and implied religious beliefs "are less than fully welcome in Colorado's business community".
US Supreme Court backs Colorado baker's gay wedding cake snub
The justices handed bakers in the Portland, Oregon, area a small victory by throwing out a state court ruling against them and ordering judges to take a new look at their refusal to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. But the import of the order is that it keeps the case off the docket for a term that will end in June amid the presidential election campaign. The justices already have agreed to decide in their election-year session whether federal civil rights law protects people from job discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The larger issue weighing the rights of LGBT people against the religious objections of merchants remains unresolved. Another dispute involving a florist from Washington state who would not create flower arrangements for a same-sex wedding is headed back to the Supreme Court.
Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission , U. The case dealt with Masterpiece Cakeshop, a bakery in Lakewood , Colorado , which refused to provide a wedding cake to a gay couple based on the owner's religious beliefs.