The Supreme Court sided with a baker in Colorado who would not make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The court, however, refused to rule on the legality of a business invoking religious objections to refuse service to gay and lesbian people.
The Associated Press (@AP) reports, the justices’ limited ruling turned on what the court described as “anti-religious bias”, on the Colorado Civil Rights Commission when it ruled against baker, Jack Phillips. The justices voted 7-2 that the commission violated Phillips’ rights under the first amendment. Justice Anthony Kennedy said in his majority opinion that the issue “must await further elaboration.” Appeals in similar cases are pending, including one at the Supreme Court from a florist who didn’t want to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding.
The same-sex couple at the heart of the case, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, complained to the Colorado commission in 2012 after they visited Phillips’ shop in Suburban Denver and the baker quickly told them he would not create a cake for a same-sex wedding.
Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor were the two dissenting votes.