SCOTUS Rules 7-2 in Favor of Christian Baker, Marking a Win for Religious Liberty

Patrick Hauf | June 4, 2018
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Monday morning, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of the Christian baker in the highly anticipated gay marriage cake case. 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, the court's most liberal judges, dissented.

The court debated over the case of Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins, who were refused service at Jack Phillips' bakery in Lakewood, Colorado, when Phillips declined to bake a cake for the couple's same-sex wedding ceremony.

The couple complained to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, who originally found the baker to be in violation of Colorado's discrimination law. However, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that Phillips can legally refuse a gay couple service.

The court also decided, however, against using the case as a broad precedent.

Justice Kennedy wrote for the court's majority, emphasizing the mistreatment of Phillips from the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, who ordered him to undergo anti-discrimination training in response to his refusal to bake the cake - a decision Phillips said was rooted in his Christian faith. Kennedy even went on to say the commission showed "hostility" towards Phillips. 

The 7-2 ruling is a huge win for religious liberty in the short-run. But as of now, the court refrained from establishing a precedent, meaning the fight for business owners' religious liberty may be far from over.

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