The owner of the Denver-based bakery Masterpiece Cakeshop is once again gearing up for legal battle after the Supreme Court announced Monday that they will hear the case regarding the baker’s refusal to craft a same-sex couple’s wedding cake on the grounds of his religious beliefs.
As reported by Fox News, the case centers around Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips who was accused of discrimination after refusing to bake a customized cake for Charlie Craig and David Mullins.
State courts previously ruled against the small business who claimed his religious beliefs made him exempt from Colorado’s strict anti-discrimination law.
The announcement that this case will be heard at the SCOTUS means that the high court will now decide whether or not such laws forcing small business owners such as a baker to create an “expression” that contradicts religious beliefs is a violation of one’s constitutional rights.
Phillips told the Supreme Court he has free speech and religious rights under the First Amendment that should protect him. He said he should not be compelled to bake a cake specifically to honor a same-sex marriage.
harlie Craig and David Mullins had filed a complaint against Phillips and his suburban Denver shop after Phillips said he would not create and decorate a cake in honor of their marriage.
Colorado did not permit same-sex couples to marry until 2014. Two years earlier, Craig and Mullin were planning to fly to Massachusetts, where same-sex marriage was legal, and host a reception in Denver upon their return to Colorado. They wanted a cake for the occasion.
The case will be another in a series of “religious liberty” disputes the justices have reviewed in recent years, and could be an important First Amendment test of the extent anti-discrimination laws apply to gay Americans.
Reportedly, opening arguments for this controversial case will began this fall.
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