The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide a major case on whether business owners can refuse to service gay couples if they oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds involving a Christian baker in Colorado who declined to make a wedding cake for two men.
This news comes the same day SCOTUS ruled in favor of President Trump’s travel ban.
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Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, had refused to sell a customized cake for a gay couple’s union, claiming a religious exemption to the state’s anti-discrimination law.State courts had ruled against the businessman.
The high court will now decide whether applying Colorado’s public accommodations law to compel the baker to create “expression”– a wedding cake — violates his constitutionally protected Christian beliefs about marriage.
Phillips has said his rights to free speech and religious freedom should protect him.
This case has been widely-regarded by pro-religious freedom conservatives as a critical precedence for future cases moving forward.
Oral arguments are expected to be heard in the fall.