In Masterpiece Bakeshop Ltd. Vs Colorado Civil Rights Commission the owner of a bakery in Lakewood, Colo., declined to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple because he had religious objections to same-sex marriage.
With LGBTQ Pride Month coming to a close, and exactly two years after its landmark ruling on gay marriage, the United States Supreme Court on Monday made two decisions that could impact the lives of same-sex couples.
Phillips said his protections of free expression and religious freedom override Colorado's anti-discrimination law, meaning he could legally refuse to create a wedding cake for the couple. Civil Rights Commission, could carve a hole in civil rights law by prohibiting states from protecting same-sex couples' rights in the name of religious liberty.
The civil rights group said Colorado's law "applies to all businesses that offer goods or services to the general public and merely requires that they not discriminate".
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That's the core of a Colorado case that will go before the U.S. Supreme Court this fall.
The high court decision overturned an Arkansas Supreme Court ruling, which supported local officials' refusal to list both same-sex spouses on the official document. He believes baking a cake for a same-sex wedding implies that he condones same-sex marriage, a message he doesn't want to send. Phillips argued that making the cake violated his religious beliefs - but the couple filed a discrimination lawsuit and won. Today was the last day in this session for the court to report out whether they would grant the case. The justices will hear arguments in the case in the Court's next term, which begins in October. His husband, Craig, added, "While we're disappointed that the courts continue debating the simple question of whether LGBT people deserve to be treated like everyone else, we hope that our case helps ensure that no one has to experience being turned away simply because of who they are".
Phillips refused to discuss the request, telling Craig and Mullins that his religious beliefs would not allow him to provide the cake.