Jack Phillips

The U.S. Supreme Court sided with a Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple. The justices voted 7-2 in favor of Jack Phillips who declined to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple in 2012.

The 2 dissenting Justices were Obama appointees Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor.

The Supreme Court agreed to hear the case last year after a Colorado state appeals court upheld a Colorado Civil Rights Commission 2015 ruling that Phillips could not object to baking a wedding cake if it violated his religious principles.

Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins

Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins visited Phillips’ Masterpiece Cakeshop in 2012 to order a wedding cake. But Phillips declined to bake the cake after they told him the cake was for their same-sex wedding.

Craig and Mullins complained to the Colorado commission that Phillips violated their civil rights.

After hearing arguments in December, Justice Anthony Kennedy said he was troubled by some of the language in the original Colorado commission ruling.

Justice Kennedy said the commission seemed “neither tolerant nor respectful of Mr. Phillips’ religious beliefs,”

He made the same observation in Monday’s ruling.

“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.

The SCOTUS did not address the larger issue that business can refuse to participate in gay ceremonies if it violates their religious belief.

The court will address that issue at a later date.

The reaction to Monday’s Supreme Court’s ruling was mixed on Twitter.com.

“Remember everyone, if you have a “sincerely held religious belief” against someone wearing a MAGA hat, you no longer have to provide service to them,” one user tweeted. He added: “Anyone who has a problem with that should be against the Supreme Court’s ruling today. It works both ways.”











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