Justices Side with Colorado Baker on Same-sex Wedding Cake - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Justices Side with Colorado Baker on Same-sex Wedding Cake

Posted: Jun 04, 2018 10:52 AM Updated:
In this March 10, 2014, file photo, Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips decorates a cake inside his store in Lakewood, Colo.  (Photo: AP) In this March 10, 2014, file photo, Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips decorates a cake inside his store in Lakewood, Colo. (Photo: AP)

WASHINGTON (AP)- The Supreme Court ruled narrowly Monday for a Colorado baker who wouldn't make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. But the court is not deciding the big issue in the case, whether a business can invoke religious objections to refuse service to gay and lesbian people.           

The justices' limited ruling turned on what the court described as anti-religious bias on the Colorado Civil Rights Commission when it ruled against baker Jack Phillips. The justices voted 7-2 that the commission violated Phillips' rights under the First Amendment.           

Justice Anthony Kennedy said in his majority opinion that the issue "must await further elaboration." Appeals in similar cases are pending, including one at the Supreme Court from a florist who didn't want to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding.           

The same-sex couple at the heart of the case, Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins, complained to the Colorado commission in 2012 after they visited Phillips' shop in suburban Denver and the baker quickly told them he would not create a cake for a same-sex wedding.           

Colorado law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and the commission concluded that Phillips' refusal violated the law. Colorado state courts upheld the determination.           

But when the justices heard arguments in December, Kennedy was plainly bothered by comments by a commission member. The commissioner seemed "neither tolerant nor respectful of Mr. Phillips' religious beliefs," Kennedy said in December.           

That same sentiment suffused his opinion on Monday. "The commission's hostility was inconsistent with the First Amendment's guarantee that our laws be applied in a manner that is neutral toward religion," he wrote.           

Liberal justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan joined the conservative justices in the outcome. Kagan wrote separately to emphasize the limited ruling.           

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.

  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • WBOC Morning Weather: Feb. 19, 2019

    WBOC Morning Weather: Feb. 19, 2019

  • Dunbar Elementary Final Goodbye

    Dunbar Elementary Final Goodbye

    Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary is one of the oldest schools in Sussex County. The school has an extensive history and was built in 1921.

    Now, the school is transitioning into the new headquarters of the Laurel Police Department. The school closed its doors this past year, but was open Sunday night for alumni.

    More

    Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary is one of the oldest schools in Sussex County. The school has an extensive history and was built in 1921.

    Now, the school is transitioning into the new headquarters of the Laurel Police Department. The school closed its doors this past year, but was open Sunday night for alumni.

    More
  • Salisbury University Expanding Southern Campus With New Housing Complex

    Salisbury University Expanding Southern Campus With New Housing Complex

    Salisbury University purchased the Court Plaza and Temple Hill Motel lots back in 2016, but now the university foundation released the first look at a new housing complex on that property.

    Salisbury University Foundation Executive Director Jason Curtin says the 8.5 acres will soon be home to three new, five-story housing buildings, serving 750-800 students. 

    More

    Salisbury University purchased the Court Plaza and Temple Hill Motel lots back in 2016, but now the university foundation released the first look at a new housing complex on that property.

    Salisbury University Foundation Executive Director Jason Curtin says the 8.5 acres will soon be home to three new, five-story housing buildings, serving 750-800 students. 

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2019 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices