This morning the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of Colorado Baker, Jack Phillips, who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex couple in 2012. The ruling was a narrow one, leaving more questions of constitutional rights than answers. When newlywed same-sex partners, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, requested a cake from Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado in celebration of their matrimony, the baker refused on account of his religious beliefs. The couple, shocked by his refusal “brought the case [to court] because no one should have to face the shame, embarrassment and humiliation of being told ‘We don’t serve your kind in here’ that we faced, and we will continue fighting until no one does.”
Claiming that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission showed hostility towards Phillips for his Christian beliefs, the Supreme Court ruled in his favor, leaving many in shock and with fear that this ruling would open more doors of discrimination. On the matter, Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel, Kristen Waggoner stated that ” Government hostility toward people of faith has no place in our society, yet the state of Colorado was openly antagonistic toward Jack’s religious beliefs about marriage. The court was right to condemn that.” Meanwhile, the CEO of Lambda Legal, Rachel B. Tiven shared her sentiments on the court decision, that it “offered dangerous encouragement to those who would deny civil rights to LGBT people and people living with HIV. Religious Freedom under our Constitution has always meant the right to believe whatever you wish but not to act on your beliefs in ways that harm others.”
The split-public will wait to see how the Supreme Court rules on other similar disputes over wedding service business owners claim that serving same-sex couples weddings is in violation of their religious beliefs.