Phillips told the couple in 2012 that due to his Christian beliefs, he had a store policy to deny service to customers who wanted to purchase cakes for celebrating same-sex marriage.
In August of 2015, the Colorado Court of Appeals sided with the Civil Rights Commission, prompting Phillips to file a petition for appeal with the state supreme court last October.
Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, lost lower court rulings, which said he violated state law by refusing service to customers based on their sexual orientation.
With LGBTQ Pride Month coming to a close, and exactly two years after its landmark ruling on gay marriage, the United States Supreme Court on Monday made two decisions that could impact the lives of same-sex couples. After Phillips’ unsuccessful appeals, the Supreme Court justices will now decide whether the Colorado law violates the Constitution by compelling Phillips to create something he argues is against his religious beliefs.
In a statement sent to 40/29 News, Danielle Weatherby of the group, For Fayetteville, praised the Supreme Court’s decision.
Craig and Mullins were legally Wednesday in MA, because Colorado had not legalized same-sax marriage until 2014.
“The government in Colorado is picking and choosing which messages they’ll support and which artistic messages they’ll protect”, said Kristen Waggoner of the Alliance Defending Freedom, which took the baker’s case. In court, Phillips’s attorneys argued that making him bake a wedding cake for the same-sex couple would be like forcing a black baker to make a cake with a white supremacist message.
Since then, the high court has found that marriage is a fundamental right that states may not prohibit to gay couples. Similar cases involved photographers, florists, and other bakeries.
Representing the couple is the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
But such cases arguably come down to basic rights such as free speech, freedom of association, and free exercise of religion.
“The most important question, however, is likely to be whether Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative who often votes with the liberals in gay rights cases, will go along with the bakery’s efforts to effectively legalize discrimination in states with pro-LGBT laws”. The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled “it does not violate equal protection to acknowledge basic biological truths”, according to The New York Times.