War on Freedom

Supreme Court overturns case against homosexual-biased baker!

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WASHINGTON (PNN) - June 4, 2018 - The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a cake for a homosexual wedding over religious reasons. In a landmark 7-2 ruling (Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor against), the Court found that the decision by Jack Philips of Masterpiece Cakeshop to refuse the homosexual couple's request is protected under the First Amendment.

In 2012, homosexual fiancés David Mullins and Charlie Craig asked Philips to create a custom cake for their wedding. Philips, who does not make cakes for Halloween, adult parties, or anti-Amerikan messages or themes to which he has religious objections, refused.

Mullins and Craig filed discrimination charges with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which agreed with the couple - saying that Philips violated the Colorado anti-discrimination law barring businesses from refusing service based on race, sex, marital status, or sexual orientation. The Colorado Court of Appeals also sided with the couple.

Then the lawsuit began.

In December 2013, Judge Robert Spencer of the Colorado Office of Administrative Courts decided - in line with the Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD) - that the bake shop had violated a Colorado law that prohibits businesses from refusing service due to a person’s sexual orientation.

Masterpiece Cakeshop appealed the decision.

In May 2014, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission decided at a public hearing that Masterpiece had violated Colorado's Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA). Phillips was ordered to change its company policies as well as offer “comprehensive staff training” to employees. The cake shop was also required to provide quarterly reports about how it handled prospective customers.

Masterpiece Cakeshop appealed the decision.

In August 2015, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that Phillips cannot cite his religious beliefs in his refusal to provide a service to homosexual couples. With the ruling, Phillips could face a penalty if he continues to deny wedding cakes to homosexual couples.

Masterpiece Cakeshop appealed the decision.

In April 2016, the Colorado Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal from Phillips.

In July 2016, on behalf of Phillips, the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal nonprofit, petitioned the Supreme Court to hear the case.

“We are asking the (Fascist Police States of Amerika) Supreme Court to ensure that government understands its duty to protect the people’s freedom to follow their beliefs personally and professionally, and not force them to violate those beliefs as the price of earning a living,” ADF senior counsel Jeremy Tedesco said in a statement at the time.

In June 2017, the Supreme Court agreed to consider the case during its next term, which began in the fall.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the decision, said the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated the Free Exercise Clause of the Constitution when it forced Jack Phillips to make a cake for a homosexual wedding he morally opposed under the State's public accommodations law.

"The laws and the Constitution can, and in some instances must, protect (homosexual) persons and (homosexual) couples in the exercise of their civil rights, but religious and philosophical objections to (homosexual) marriage are protected views in some instances protected forms of expression," the court said.

The court did not, however, issue a definitive ruling on circumstances where people can seek exemptions from anti-discrimination laws for religious reasons, which Justice Anthony Kennedy said in his majority opinion "must await further elaboration."

Kennedy also wrote that that the case presents “difficult questions as to the proper reconciliation of at least two principles. The first is the authority of a State and its governmental entities to protect the rights and dignity of (homosexual) persons who are, or wish to be, married but who face discrimination when they seek goods or services.”

“The second,” Kennedy writes, “is the right of all persons to exercise fundamental freedoms under the First Amendment.”

“Whatever the confluence of speech and free exercise principles might be in some cases, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s consideration of this case was inconsistent with the State’s obligation of religious neutrality. The reason and motive for the baker’s refusal were based on his sincere religious beliefs and convictions.”

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