Same-sex couple reacts to Supreme Court ruling Kennedy and the majority chose the narrowest possible way to resolve the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Phillips refused his services when told it was for a same-sex couple. Presidents You Probably Didn't Know. You can link your Facebook account to your existing account. That baker, Jack Phillips, claims his First Amendment claims of artistic freedom were being violated. Phillips' religious beliefs," Kennedy said in December.
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The Supreme Court upheld both gay rights and religious freedom Monday with a narrowly written decision in favor of a Christian baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Subscribe to Deadline Breaking News Alerts and keep your inbox happy. Here are 25 names Trump could nominate to replace Justice Kennedy. As part of the ruling, the commission ordered Phillips to retrain his employees and serve everyone wedding cakes, regardless of sexual orientation. Federal law forbids discrimination based on race, religion and national origin, but not sexual orientation. By a vote, the court said Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker, was treated with hostility and bias by a state commission that concluded his actions violated a state anti-discrimination law.
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But, "he simply declines to express messages or celebrate events that violate his deeply held beliefs," she said. As part of the ruling, the commission ordered Phillips to retrain his employees and serve everyone wedding cakes, regardless of sexual orientation. Top 50 Countries in the World. Presidents You Probably Didn't Know. But the Trump administration backed Phillips, who was represented in court by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian nonprofit. The justices' decision turned on what the court described as anti-religious bias on the Colorado Civil Rights Commission when it ruled against baker Jack Phillips. He had lost at every step in the legal appeals process, bringing the case down to the Supreme Court's decision Monday.
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