As difficult as this is, we must take the high road and not act hostilely either directly or indirectly, as with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Otherwise, things will go against us for the most ridiculous reasons, like in this case.
The Supreme Court sided with a baker who has religious objections to same-sex couples’ weddings in a narrow decision on Monday morning.
The long-awaited decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, however, mostly avoided the hot-button question of whether civil rights laws could force that baker, Jack Phillips, to make a wedding cake for such couples.
Instead, Justice Anthony Kennedy’s decision for the court focused on the fact that Phillips was treated with “hostility” by Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission — action that the Supreme Court ruled violates the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause.
Five years ago, now, a gay couple in Colorado approached a bakery to create a wedding cake for their pending nuptials. The owner of the bakery refused on the grounds that it violated his religious rights. I found this article on Buzzfeed laying out the issues really are and quite frankly, it’s no clearer to me than before I read it.
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Tuesday in the polarizing case of a Colorado baker who refused to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple. The Trump administration will even be weighing in to support the Christian baker, saying he had a First Amendment right to turn away the couple.
The dispute has generated stacks of debate among the public — including some arguments that stray from the legal underpinnings of the case. One reader of the Denver Post asked if people would feel differently if the baker “refused to make a swastika shaped cake for a pair of neo-Nazis.” People may feel very differently about a swastika cake, but that’s not the case — and it’s not the exact question for the Supreme Court.
I see now that after three years, the Supreme Court has finally decided to hear the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
I will probably come across as the biggest ignoramus of the 21st century, but if someone doesn’t want to do business with you, why bother? Is it because they’re the cheapest bakery in town? Is it because they are the only bakery in town? Is it because you sincerely like their work and are just dying to have one of their cakes on your special day? Is it just because they are anti-lgbt? From my ignorant point of view, that’s just a little less business that they will be getting and someone else will benefit from. You can change hate in court. These so-called Christians only understand hate, never love. I’m open to hearing from anyone on this matter.
The Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would hear the case of a Christian baker in Colorado who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, teeing up the country’s highest stakes legal showdown about whether laws that protect LGBT people from discrimination can violate religious people’s constitutional rights.
The justices granted certiorari to hear the case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, in its next term, which begins in October.
“We were surprised,” Kristen Waggoner, general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, a religious legal group representing the baker, said in an interview with BuzzFeed News on Monday morning. The high court had been silent on the case for months, leading many legal experts to believe the court would reject it.
I find it extremely offensive to compare one man’s loss of his business simply because he refused to do business with a specific segment of society with a period in history where many lives were lost because the Catholic Church deemed their beliefs were heresy. Religion may be involved in both, but Mr Phillips was in no danger of losing his life. His livelihood, yes, but that’s what happens when you want to deal with only certain members of the general public.
The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer is mincing few words in his defense of Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker who was recently ordered by a judge to provide wedding cakes for same-sex couples or risk facing fines.
Fischer, whose opposition to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights is well-established, said Phillips, who owns Denver’s Masterpiece Cakeshop, was a victim of what he described as “the Secular Inquisition” on an installment of his “Focal Point” Radio Show, Right Wing Watch first reported.