Monday, 20 November, 2017

Colorado baker disputes anti-discrimination law

Supreme Court to rule in clash of gay, religious rights Supreme Court to rule on wedding cake case pitting religion aga - WDRB 41 Louisville News
Kelley Robertson | 27 June, 2017, 08:03

In July 2016, Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, asked the high court to take his case and rule whether the state's "public accommodations" law violates the First Amendment by requiring him to create custom wedding cakes for same-sex weddings.

The Supreme Court will hear the case of a Colorado bakery who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. A refresher: In 2012 a Lakewood-based baker, Jack Phillips, refused to bake a cake for a gay couple, David Mullins and Charlie Craig. Two years earlier, Craig and Mullin were planning to fly to MA, where same-sex marriage was legal, and host a reception in Denver upon their return to Colorado. The baker insisted that he shouldn't have to make a cake strictly to honor a same-sex marriage, however, the anti-discrimination law in Colorado protects people over their sexual orientation. "Same-sex couples like David and Charlie deserve to be treated with the same dignity and respect as anyone else, and we're ready to take that fight all the way to the Supreme Court".

The opinions expressed in this article are exclusively those of the author and are not necessarily those of World Religion News.

Justices will hear arguments in the case in the Court's next term, which begins in October.

But some states do have civil rights protections in place for LGBTQ people - and a Supreme Court ruling could dictate how far these laws go.

Durso said that allowing businesses to deny services to gay couples for religious reasons was a "slippery slope" and warned that it could lead to discrimination against LGBT employees. If the court rules in the baker's favor, it could legitimize widespread discrimination against the LGBTQ community in the name of "religious freedom".

I find it deeply disconcerting that the Supreme Court chose to hear this appeal.

As same-sex marriage became legal in more and more states and then across the country, evangelicals and others with religious objections have anxious about their obligations to accommodate gay and lesbian couples.

Craig and Mullins were legally Wednesday in MA, because Colorado had not legalized same-sax marriage until 2014.

Mullins and Craig planned to marry in MA and then celebrate with family and friends back home.

In other so-called religious conscience cases, the Supreme Court has on two recent occasions ruled on Christian objections to the contraception coverage requirement that was part of the Obamacare health law. "The Constitution does not give anyone the right to harm others based on religious beliefs".

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