Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Today the Supreme Court Will Hear Whether a Baker Has the First Amendment Right to Refuse to Bake a Cake for a Gay Couple
Today, the Supreme Court will consider whether Colorado may deny Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, the right to sell custom wedding cakes because he cannot in conscience create them for same-sex weddings. Phillips, who has run his bakery since 1993, sells off-the-shelf items to anyone, no questions asked. But he does not deploy his artistic skills to create cakes celebrating themes that violate his religious and moral convictions. Thus he does not design cakes for divorce parties, lewd bachelor parties, Halloween parties or same-sex weddings.
Colorado’s order that he create same-sex wedding cakes (or quit making any cakes at all) would force him to create expressive products carrying a message he rejects.
(via The New York Times)
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