Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Christian Baker in Wedding Cake Dispute
Headline Roundup June 4th, 2018
The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of Christian baker Jack Phillips who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Some on the Left have said that the verdict is somewhat of a victory, as the Court's majority opinion does not sanction a First Amendment right to discriminate, but instead says that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission displayed a bias against Mr. Phillips' faith in his initial hearing. Many on the Right celebrated the decision as a victory for religious freedom.
In law, as in less civil arenas of conflict, you can lose a battle but win the war. That’s what happened in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the case pitting
The Supreme Court ducked deciding whether religious merchants have a constitutional right to deny service to gay people, but did rule Monday that a Christian baker didn’t get a fair hearing before a state civil-rights commission and therefore shouldn’t be penalized for turning away a same-sex couple.
“Freedom of religion and religion has been used to justify all kinds of discrimination throughout history,” said Colorado Civil Rights Commissioner Diann Rice, “whether it be slavery, whether it be the Holocaust, whether it be …” Here she trailed off.