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


The United States Supreme Court released a highly-anticipated decision Monday morning, siding with a Colorado baker who refused to make a same-sex wedding cake.

The dispute began in 2012, before gay marriage was legal in Colorado, when David Mullins and Charlie Craig visited Phillips's suburban Denver bakery, Masterpiece Cakeshop.

The U.S. Supreme court dodged a major ruling on the question of whether business owners can refuse services to gay individuals based on their religious objections.

In July 2012, Mr Mullins and Mr Craig went to Mr Phillips' Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, near Denver, to order a cake to celebrate their planned marriage in MA later that year.

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented, arguing that the commission's alleged hostility played only a minor role.

The case has been widely seen as a clash between religious liberties and gay rights.

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The decision went on to say the "broader issue must await further elaboration". The case has similarities to a Colorado baker's case decided by the high court Monday, in a 7-2 decision.

While the court sided with Phillips in this case, Kennedy warned it could come to a different conclusion in similar future cases.

"This sentiment is inappropriate for a Commission charged with the solemn responsibility of fair and neutral enforcement of Colorado's anti-discrimination law", wrote Kennedy.

"At the same time the religious and philosophical objections to gay marriage are protected views and in some instances protected forms of expression", Kennedy wrote, adding that the "neutral consideration to which Phillips was entitled was compromised here".

Chief Justice John Roberts joined on the decision.

President Trump's administration had backed Phillips, who was represented in court by conservative Christian nonprofit Alliance Defending Freedom. "In Hialeah, you could kill animals for all sorts of secular reasons; in this case, bakers who didn't want to make cakes opposing same-sex marriage were exempt, but bakers who refused to make cakes in support were not". "And to me", the commissioner said, "it is one of the most despicable pieces of rhetoric that people can use to-to use their religion to hurt others".

After the couple filed a formal complaint, Colorado courts ruled that the state's public accommodation law, which bans discrimination by companies offering their services to the public, did not allow Phillips to refuse the gay couple's request. The Supreme Court overturned a Colorado ruling that his business must bake the cake or face severe consequences. Kagan and Breyer were the only two judges who disagreed with the ruling. "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".