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Supreme Court Sides with Christian Baker in Major Religious Freedom Case

SCOTUS cites violation of baker’s First Amendment rights in ruling.

It’s considered to be the “biggest religious liberty case of the year”—the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of Jack Phillips, the owner of Colorado bakery Masterpiece Cakeshop, who had refused (on religious grounds) to make a gay couple’s wedding cake.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote the opinion for the court, saying that the “neutral and respectful consideration to which Phillips was entitled was compromised here. The [Colorado] Civil Rights Commission’s treatment of his case has some elements of a clear and impermissible hostility toward the sincere religious beliefs that motivated his objection.”

According to a report from our sister publication Christianity Today, many had predicted “that the Supreme Court would end up split over the much-anticipated Masterpiece Cakeshop decision, [but] the rest of the court concurred with Kennedy, ...

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  • June 4, 2018

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