Supreme Court Favors Baker Who Refused The Business Of A Same-Sex Couple

In 2012, Christian baker Jack Phillips refused to bake a custom cake for same sex couple Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins. In response, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission ordered Phillips to undergo anti-discrimination training as well as "cease and desist" refusing custom cakes for same sex couples. According to Business Insider, the case went all the way to the Supreme Court. The vote was 7-2 in favor of Phillips. In a ruling handed down Monday, Justice Anthony Kennedy claimed the court found the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had violated Phillips' rights by showing hostility towards his religious beliefs. Specifically, Kennedy wrote, "The commission's hostility was inconsistent with the First Amendment's guarantee that our laws be applied in a manner that is neutral toward religion." The decision angered many, and left some people feeling unprotected. The justice's narrow ruling hinged on the treatment of Phillips from the civil rights commission, and didn't really address the first amendment issues related to the case.

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