Jun 4, 2018

U.S. Supreme Court rules 7-2 that Colorado baker did not get a fair hearing on his complaint

"In a case brought by a Colorado baker, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled by a 7-2 vote that he did not get a fair hearing on his complaint because the Colorado Civil Rights Commission demonstrated a hostility to religion in its treatment of his case."

Justice Anthony Kennedy said that Colorado law "can protect gay persons in acquiring products and services on the same terms and conditions that are offered to other members of the public, the law must be applied in a manner that is neutral toward religion."

"He said that in this case the Colorado baker, Jack Phillips, understandably had difficulty in knowing where to draw the line because the state law at the time afforded store keepers some latitude to decline creating specific messages they considered offensive."

"Kennedy pointed to the Colorado commission's decision allowing a different baker to refuse to put an anti-gay message on a cake."


The court did not decide the issue whether services can be refused to same sex couples and limited the ruling to the facts in this case.

"The outcome of cases like this in other circumstances must await further elaboration in the courts," Kennedy said. "These disputes must be resolved with tolerance, without undue disrespect to sincere religious beliefs, and without subjecting gay persons to indignities when they seek goods and services in an open market."


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