Supreme Court allows discrimination against same-sex couples in Houston to continue

Supreme Court allows discrimination against same-sex couples in Houston to continue

In court papers, Kristen K. Waggoner, a legal counselor from the traditionalist Alliance Defending Freedom who is speaking to Phillips, contended that the First Amendment promises him the privilege to decay to make wedding cakes that praise relational unions that are in struggle with his religious convictions.

The two men then filed a lawsuit against him.

"When we have someone that is sketching and sculpting and hand-designing something, that is creating a temporary sculpture that serves as the centerpiece of what they believe to be a religious wedding celebration", Waggoner said.

If the Court were to rule in Phillips' favor, they would be ruling in favor of a constitutional right to discriminate based on religious exemptions, which would directly contradict previous decisions they've made.

Colorado law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or sexual orientation, and both the state civil rights commission and an appeals court ruled against Phillips, sending the case to Washington.

As the Supreme Court wrestled with a clash between religious freedom and LGBT rights on Tuesday, all eyes were on Justice Anthony Kennedy, who might have to reconcile two strands of his jurisprudence. Kennedy described comments made by one of the seven Colorado commissioners in the case as hostile to religion.

Speaking outside of court after the justices heard the case, baker Jack Phillips said the five-year court fight has "been very hard on me and my family".

In one of the most animated oral arguments the high court has held, justices on both sides peppered four lawyers with questions to illustrate how their decision might affect other merchants, such as chefs and florists, and other minority groups, such as Catholics and African Americans.

But Craig and Mullins have argued that a cake is just a cake, and not a form of artistic expression.




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After months of heavy lobbying, the Texas Supreme Court eventually decided that the Pidgeon, Hicks, and other taxpayers could block the city from offering spousal benefits to employees in same-sex marriages.

"We got Jack's back", Phillips' supporters said. It follows a legal analysis similar to that originally proposed by Banzhaf, who suggested that anti-discrimination statutes prevent discrimination based upon the characteristics of a potential customer (e.g., being gay), but not upon a refusal to send a message related to that characteristic (e.g., preparing a same-sex wedding cake).

"I serve all who walk through my doors, people from all walks of life", Phillips told Colorado Public Radio. "We were publicly humiliated for who we were".

By all appearances, the case will divide the justices along ideological lines. While she argued that the free exercise clause forbids the commission from targeting Phillips "and like-minded believers for punishment", she reserved the bulk of her brief for the free speech clause, perhaps targeting Kennedy, who has at times shown an expansive view of free speech.

Twenty different states and the District of Columbia in like manner explicitly deny spots of open convenience from separating on the premise of sexual introduction, as indicated by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Justice Stephen Breyer fretted about a ruling that could "undermine every civil rights law from the year 2".

The Trump organization sides with Phillips for the situation, contending that it falls "inside the little arrangement of uses of substance nonpartisan laws that legitimacy elevated examination" from the courts.

But later in the argument Kennedy said Colorado's human rights commission seemed "neither tolerant nor respectful of Mr. Phillips' religious beliefs" when it found his refusal to bake a cake for the gay couple violated the state's anti-discrimination law.

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