In a 7-2 decision handed down Tuesday, June 5, 2018, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of Jack Phillips, a Lakewood, Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because of his religious beliefs. The couple filed a discrimination complaint against Phillips with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission who decided that the baker violated Colorado’s law prohibiting public accommodations from discriminating against customers on the basis of sexual orientation.
The majority opinion was delivered by Justice Anthony Kennedy. What’s notable is that three of the justices who supported the court’s landmark decision in favor of same-sex marriage also discern a basis for dissent in conscience against what they have made the law of the land.
Yesterday, three Chairmen of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops commended the court’s decision stating: “Today’s decision confirms that people of faith should not suffer discrimination on account of their deeply held religious beliefs, but instead should be respected by government officials.
In a related article “The Case for Conscience – Supreme Court’s Ruling in Masterpiece Cake Shop” reporter Paul Moses explores the “glimmer of respect in the 7-2 Supreme Court ruling.
Click here to review The Case for Conscience published in Commonweal Magazine.
Please click here to read an article posted in America Newsletter on the court’s decision.