The courts silence on the matter has created a divide in the lower courts, causing the federal appeals court in Chicago to rule against an IL law that banned carrying guns in public, while federal appeals courts in New York, Philadelphia and Virginia all stood by laws that placed limits on permits to carry firearms outside one’s home.
But Kennedy, who wrote the court’s opinion upholding same-sex marriages, has also joined the court’s conservatives in upholding religious exemptions.
The high court said it will hear arguments in Jennings v. Rodriguez, a case involving an immigrant who was detained for three years without ever receiving a bond hearing before a federal judge.
Colorado is one of the states whose laws protect gay couples, and Jack Phillips, the owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., was charged with violating it.
Craig, Mullins and the state of Colorado argued that Masterpiece Cakeshop is a public accommodation and can not discriminate among its customers.
After deciding not to take up the case of Peruta v. California, Guy Relford, an Indianapolis attorney and host of “The Gun Guy” on 93 WIBC says he’s concerned that the law is a blow to gun rights and the Second Amendment.
The court, in an unsigned opinion, said this rule denied the same-sex couple the same rights as opposite-sex couples and was therefore unconstitutional.
In the appeal Governor Christie points to an earlier 1992 Supreme Court decision which said that the US federal government may not “commandeer” the regulatory powers of individual states, claiming that this infringes on state sovereignty, as laid out in the US Constitution. They wanted Masterpiece to bake a cake they could take with them to MA, where gay marriage was legal (and where they were holding their ceremony). “Businesses should not be allowed to violate the law and discriminate against us because of who we are and who we love”, said Mullins.
Chris Christie and supporters in the state Legislature have tried for years to legalize sports gambling to bolster the state’s casino and horse racing industries.
Two years ago, the justices turned down a similar appeal from a wedding photographer in New Mexico.
Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor said they would have heard the administration’s appeal.
The Supreme Court will hear the case during its next term, which begins in October.
“Because of the lawsuit and the Colorado law behind it, I’ve received vile and hateful calls at the shop, including one death threat that was so bad that I had my daughter and granddaughter in the back until the police arrived”, he said. But that is not the case in that state when it comes to straight couples, a married couple both go on the birth certificate without any finding that the husband is actually the biological father of the child or not.
Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Gorsuch dissented in that case, Pavan vs. Smith.