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No, the Supreme Court didn’t actually legalize discrimination today

No, the Supreme Court didn’t actually legalize discrimination today

No, the Supreme Court didn’t actually legalize discrimination today

The case arose from a brief encounter in 2012, when David Mullins and Charlie Craig visited Phillips' bakery, Masterpiece Cakeshop, in Lakewood, Colorado. In 2015, it extended same-sex marriage nationwide. When Jack brought his complaint before the state's Civil Rights Division, arguing they were discriminating against him for being Christian, the state found no probable cause of unequal treatment based on his religious beliefs.

Phillips appealed, but the Colorado Court of Appeals upheld the original decision, and the Colorado Supreme Court would not hear his case.

In doing so, the commission violated Phillips's religious rights under the First Amendment of the US Constitution. Appeals in similar cases are pending, including one at the Supreme Court from a florist who didn't want to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding.

"They denigrated the religious faith of Jack Phillips regarding marriage", he told CBN News".

Seventy-two percent of US adults believe that businesses should not have the right on religious grounds to deny services to customers based on their sexual orientation, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Monday showed.

Lambda Legal, however, warned that the ruling could invite "discrimination and further efforts to justify withholding service from #LGBTQ people". "Anti-LGBTQ extremists did not win the sweeping "license to discriminate" they have been hoping for".

While those who spoke Monday emphasized that the ruling focused on the commission's handling of the case, and not its merits, the decision still signaled a setback for the LGBTQ community. The ruling is specific to this particular, singular case, and apparently resulted largely from the hostility the Colorado Civil Rights Commission showed against Phillips for discrimination, while arguably discriminating against his religious beliefs at the same time.

Multiple attorneys who spoke at the rally, including Arash Jahanian of the American Civil Liberties Union, echoed that sentiment, suggesting the court's ruling is unlikely to fundamentally change existing business practices in Colorado, a state with stringent anti-discrimination laws. Its staff demonstrated a "clear and impermissible hostility toward the honest religious" and did not make efforts to accommodate the religious freedom of the business owners.

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The government can not impose regulations hostile to citizens' religious beliefs, the ruling said. A reasonable person would assume that the cake expressed the message of the couple, not the baker, the courts said.

The view that marriage is the union of a man and a woman, Kennedy wrote in that ruling, "has been held-and continues to be held-in good faith by reasonable and honest people here and throughout the world".

Asserting that the actions of the baker were homophobic discrimination, she wrote: "Phillips declined to make a cake he found offensive where the offensiveness of the product was determined exclusively by the identity of the customer requesting it".

"The state can't play favorites", said ADF Senior Counsel Waggoner, speaking on a conference call with reporters.

"I don't think this is a lost cause in any way".

"There is no helpful national standard", says John Inazu, a professor of law at Washington University Law School who specializes in religious freedom claims. Kennedy pointed out that the record was complicated by anti-religious statements made by Colorado state officials.

"Gay people, who were justifiably terrified that the case could undermine their right to equal service, get a reaffirmation of their 'dignity and worth, '" legal analyst Mark Joseph Stern wrote in an essay in Slate.

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