Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Christian Baker in Same-Sex Wedding Case Due to Colorado Commission’s Religious Hostility

By Steven T. Collis The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 7-to-2 decision, overturned a Colorado public accommodation sexual orientation discrimination case that found that a Lakewood baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple violated the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA). It did so narrowly, ruling that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission (CCRC) violated the Free Exercise Clause because of the CCRC’s hostility toward the baker’s religious beliefs, requiring that its order be set aside. The Court did not, however, rule on the more difficult issues related to whether a baker’s refusal to provide services to a same-sex couple based on religious grounds is constitutional. Baker Argued Two Constitutional Claims Jack Phillips, an expert baker and devout Christian, owns and operates Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. in Lakewood, Colorado. In 2012, Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins entered the bakery to order a custom cake for their wedding celebration. Phillips…

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