The Supreme Court just gave an historic opinion to protect religious freedom!
In July of 2012, Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, was sued by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage when it violated his deeply held religious beliefs. CPCF supported his efforts in the U.S. Supreme Court in an amicus brief, and, on June 4, that court ruled in his favor!
The Supreme Court ruled that the state commission had demonstrated open bias against Mr. Phillips’s religious beliefs when deciding his case. This was shown not just in several negative remarks by commissioners but also in the inconsistent treatment his case had when compared to the commission’s finding no violation when bakers refused to bake cakes with Biblical verses they considered to be “hateful.”
The court avoided deciding whether, by refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex marriage, Mr. Phillips or others like him could be punished for sexual orientation discrimination in the absence of such overt discrimination. That question is presented currently in other cases the Supreme Court has been asked to take in which there were adverse rulings against those opposed to facilitating and associating with a ceremony with which they have religious objections. It also underscores the need to pray and work for legislation in every state protecting people like Jack Phillips.
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