The Supreme Court ruled on Monday in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same- sex couple because it violated his religious beliefs. In the opinion issued by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court disagreed with a Colorado court's previous ruling that the gay couple, Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins, had been discriminated against based on sexual orientation. The Supreme Court decision said the Colorado Civil Rights Commission was hostile to Phillips' first amendment rights and that his "religious objection was not considered with the neutrality that the Free Exercise Clause requires. The court's ruling said that commissioners made statements that "showed elements of a clear and impermissible hostility" toward Phillips' sincere religious beliefs. It cited comments from one commissioner in the hearing that it was "despicable" to use religious rhetoric to justify discrimination.
Why the Supreme Court sent a new case on same-sex wedding cakes back to lower courts
Why the Supreme Court sent a new case on same-sex wedding cakes back to lower courts - Deseret News
Cakes have become an unlikely battleground for gay rights over the past few years. In the United States there has been a spate of cases where individuals have challenged refusals to provide cakes for same-sex weddings or in support of efforts to legalise same-sex marriage. Earlier this year, the U. Supreme Court ruled on the case of a baker who refused to provide a wedding cake to a same-sex couple. Constitution, in pursuing its case against the baker. Now the UK Supreme Court has ruled on a similar case, finding that a bakery that refused to supply a pro-same-sex marriage cake did not discriminate against the man ordering it.
Supreme Court decides Colorado gay wedding cake case: A timeline of events
Supreme Court on Monday dealt a partial victory to the owners of an Oregon bakery who were fined for refusing to provide a cake for a lesbian commitment ceremony. The justices wiped out lower court rulings against the bakers and sent the case back for another round of hearings. The legal dispute raised the same issues that arose a year ago in the case of a Colorado baker who refused to provide a custom cake to celebrate the wedding of two men. That baker, Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cake, said it would require him to act against his religious views and violate his right of free speech.