The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a cake to celebrate the marriage of a same sex couple.
The ruling was 7-2. However, it was a weak ruling, far away from recognizing the Constitutional individual rights aspect of the case and it didn't even address the religious aspect in a straightforward fashion.
The court held that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission showed hostility toward the baker based on his religious beliefs. The ruling is a win for baker Jack Phillips but leaves unsettled the broader constitutional questions the case presented.
The ruling, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, is not the wide-ranging ruling on religious liberty that some expected. It is tailored to the case at hand with the justices holding that members of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission showed animus toward Phillips specifically when they suggested his claims of religious freedom was made to justify discrimination.-RW