SCOTUS Rules 7-2 in Favor of Christian Cake Baker

The Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of the Christian baker in Colorado who refused to bake a custom wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

Writing the opinion for the 7–2 majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy found that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission infringed on baker Jack Phillips’s rights in ruling that he violated the Colorado anti-discrimination law that bars merchants from refusing service based on race, sex, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor cast the lone dissenting votes, splitting from their liberal colleagues Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan, who voted with the majority.

Phillips’s attorneys argued that he would never refuse general service to a gay person, but stipulated that his religious beliefs prevented him from creating custom cakes for same-sex weddings.

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