Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Religious Freedom
The case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission was one that drew national attention due largely in part to the significance of its verdict.
Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, was sued for discrimination after he refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding, citing religious reasons. Eventually, the case made it all the way to the Supreme Court, and on June 4th the court ruled in favor of Mr. Phillips in a 7-2 decision.
Mr. Phillips and his attorney argued that creating a cake is a form of artistic expression and that refusing to use his artistic abilities in certain ways – such as creating a cake for a gay wedding – was his First Amendment right.
However, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who penned the majority opinion, argued that Phillips had been mistreated by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and given undue disrespect to his religious beliefs. Kennedy made it a point to highlight that the ruling applies only to this specific case, and the issue of whether it is a Christian artist’s First Amendment right to refuse to use their talents to support homosexuality was largely left undecided.
In the end, the ruling is still a victory for religious rights and freedom of speech, even if it’s not the clear-cut victory that many hoped for. To learn more about the Supreme Court case and what the ruling means, be sure to check out the video below.
~ Liberty Video News