The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of same-sex couples who complained that an Arkansas birth certificate law discriminated against them, reversing a state court’s ruling that married lesbian couples must get a court order to have both spouses listed on their children’s birth certificates.
The Supreme Court announced Monday it will tackle a culture war powder keg – should a Christian baker who opposes gay marriage on religious grounds be forced to participate in a gay wedding?
Phillips, who attends a Baptist church, explained that when he informed Mullin and Craig that his bakery does not make cakes for same-sex “weddings”, the men immediately left. He considers his cake-making an “expression” of his talents, and he says he’s consistent in applying his Christian beliefs to his work.
“He lost almost 40 percent of his business based on what the Colorado courts did”, she told me.
In Mississippi, HB 1523 allows magistrates and judges to opt out of performing same-sex marriages, and allows businesses to deny wedding-related services to those couples.
“In 2012, I was stunned when I became the target of a lawsuit relying on sexual orientation gender identity law that offers no exemptions for people of faith”, he said.
Now, the Supreme Court has the chance to protect the right to dissent and the civil liberties of those who speak and act in accord with what Americans had always previously believed about marriage-that it is the union of husband and wife.
Liberal Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor said they would have granted the appeal to hear the case.
Phillips then filed an appeal suing the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, arguing the Constitution’s First Amendment overrides the state public accommodations law.
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is taking on a new clash between gay rights and religion in a case about a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in Colorado.
Public opinion about the case is mixed. “I’d feel uncomfortable but I also feel like I would understand the customer’s rights”. But the Framers made a clear choice: They reserved to all Americans the right to bear arms for self-defense.
The U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference runs one of the nation’s largest refugee resettlement agencies, helping to resettle more than a quarter of all of the refugees admitted to the United States annually.
Had Phillips merely said, “I won’t put two grooms on the top of your cake”, he might have a sound legal argument. The photo shows cake models.
The decision to essentially re-try the case suggested justices may have been deadlocked four to four, and that conservative justice Neil Gorsuch, newly added to the court by President Donald Trump, could be the swing vote in deciding whether immigrants have protections from indefinite detention.