Can a Christian fundamentalist baker be required by law to make a wedding cake for a gay or lesbian? Or to make a cake celebrating a gender transition?
The U.S. Supreme Court heard one of the most closely watched cases of its current term earlier in December, 2017. The dispute involved a Christian baker from Colorado who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., says his religious convictions about marriage require him in good conscience not to provide wedding-related services to gay couples. Phillips also makes the more far-reaching defense that his cakes are not simply part of a business transaction but artistic expressions protected by the First Amendment.
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