WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court today handed a victory to a Colorado Christian baker who refused, for religious reasons, to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.
The justices, in a 7-2 decision, said the Colorado Civil Rights Commission showed hostility toward religion when it found that baker Jack Phillips violated the state's anti-discrimination law by rebuffing gay couple David Mullins and Charlie Craig in 2012. The state law bars businesses from refusing service based on race, sex, marital status or sexual orientation.
The Supreme Court ruling concluded that the commission violated Phillips' religious rights under the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment.
Two of the court's four liberals, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan, joined the five conservative justices in the ruling authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who also was the author of the landmark 2015 decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide.
"Government hostility toward people of faith has no place in our society, yet the state of Colorado was openly antagonistic toward Jack's religious beliefs about marriage. The court was right to condemn that," said lawyer Kristen Waggoner of the conservative Christian group Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents Phillips.
Gay rights advocates said the case is just one part of a bigger struggle seeking greater legal protections for gay, bisexual and transgender people, including in the workplace, even as they fight efforts by conservatives to undermine gains secured in recent years.
There seems to be a deliberate inclination on the gay Left to turn their weddings into occasions to entrap Christian business owners. Claiming that love is love, I don't believe God recognizes this form of "love." This homosexual 'couple' could've gone to any other bakery in the state for a cake. Instead they embarked on a mission to ruin Phillips and impoverish his family. They failed. Praise God.
Do not call this "a huge win for religious liberty." It simply isn't. In our opinion, this is a huge win for Jack Phillips, specifically, but it does very little to help the general cause of religious liberty. The rainbow jihad will continue to target Christian business owners.
"But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived" (2 Timothy 3:13)