Supreme Court rules for baker in same-sex wedding cake case

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding because of a religious objection.

The win was a 7–2 victory that was the result of hostility on the part of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which previously ruled that baker Jack Phillips discriminated against the same-sex couple.

In his majority opinion handed down this morning, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote, “When the Colorado Civil Rights Commission considered this case, it did not do so with the religious neutrality that the Constitution requires.”

Broader constitutional questions regarding religious liberty in such cases, however, were not settled.

“The outcome of cases like this in other circumstances must await further elaboration in the courts, all in the context of recognizing that these disputes must be resolved with tolerance, without undue disrespect to sincere religious beliefs, and without subjecting gay persons to indignities when they seek goods and services in an open market,” Kennedy said. (TAB)