Phillips a suburban Denver baker who wouldnât make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple can not cite his religious beliefs in refusing them service because it would lead to discrimination, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. "This kind of government coercion is unconstitutional". The brief closes with that classic defense: Mullins and Craig could've gotten a "rainbow" cake from another baker.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which has filed a class-action lawsuit on the matter, secured the release of the immigrant in the case, Alejandro Rodriguez, and the cancellation of his deportation order. Their decision could effect laws on the books in other states in the us that prohibit discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation, notes the Los Angeles Times: Because although there is no federal law requiring businesses to serve all customers without regard to their sexual orientation, 21 states do have such rules on the books.
'Today's decision means that millions of married same-sex couples across the country can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that this type of blatant discrimination against their families will not stand, ' said NCLR Family Law Director Catherine Sakimura. He was also ordered to "reeducate" his staff on discrimination.
People visit the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 26, 2017, as justices issued their final rulings for the term, in Washington. "While the right to one's religious beliefs is fundamental, a license to discriminate is not".
Jake Phillips has owned Masterpiece Cakeshop since the early 1990s. "Children deserve to have the full benefits of parental recognition from the time they are born, and this decision ensures married same-sex spouses have the same legal parental rights as different-sex spouses. It's 40 percent of my business".
The Los Angeles Times reported that Phillips' lawyers characterized him as a "cake artist" who will "not create cakes celebrating any marriage that is contrary to his understanding of biblical teaching".
"I would urge them not to violate their religious convictions because not only is it their duty to God to be acting consistent with their conscience, but it is their First Amendment right secured by the Constitution", Ms. Waggoner said. LGBTQ individuals are representative of all peoples - we are Jewish, Muslim, asylum-seekers, immigrants, black, white, and Latinx, and we must continue to stand together against this hateful ban. Then, they came for the bakers. It simply means they are following the rules that apply to us all.
Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary.