SCOTUS Rules In Favor Of Baker Who Refused To Make Cake For Gay Wedding

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 05: Lydia Macy, right, of Berkeley, Calif., siding with a same-sex couple, holds a sign outside Supreme Court where arguments were being on heard on whether a Colorado baker, who refused to make a wedding cake for the couple based on his religious beliefs, is protected by the First Amendment on December 5, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is setting aside a Colorado court ruling against a baker who wouldn’t make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. But the court is not deciding the big issue in the case, whether a business can refuse to serve gay and lesbian people.

The justices’ limited ruling Monday turns on what the court described as anti-religious bias on the Colorado Civil Rights Commission when it ruled against baker Jack Phillips. The justices voted 7-2 that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated Phillips’ rights under the First Amendment.

Justice Anthony Kennedy says in his majority opinion that the issue “must await further elaboration.” Appeals in similar cases are pending, including one at the Supreme Court from a florist who didn’t want to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding.

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