by Ray Hayes
After months of deliberation, the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Colorado baker Jack Philips who refused to bake a wedding cake for David Mullins and Charlie Craig. Philips argued that if he were to make a cake for the gay couple, it would go against his religious beliefs despite his legal support of same sex marriage.
Mullins and Craig took Philips to court, arguing that the baker violated Colorado state law which bars discrimination based on sexual preference. The Colorado Civil Right Commission previously ruled in favor of the couple while implying the following, “freedom of religion and religion has been used to justify all kinds of discrimination throughout history, whether it be slavery, whether it be the Holocaust,” according to the New York Times.
However, the Supreme Court ruled that the Commission had displayed some form of bellicose to the baker’s religion due to the comments of one of the Commission’s members. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy stated the following about the inappropriate comments made by the Commission member, ““The neutral and respectful consideration to which Phillips was entitled was compromised here,” Justice Kennedy wrote. “The Civil Rights Commission’s treatment of his case has some elements of a clear and impermissible hostility toward the sincere religious beliefs that motivated his objection.”
Although the court ruled in favor of the baker, Justice Kennedy reestablished the fact that the Supreme Court still and will always support and protect gay rights. ““The outcome of cases like this in other circumstances must await further elaboration in the courts,” he wrote, “all in the context of recognizing that these disputes must be resolved with tolerance, without undue disrespect to sincere religious beliefs, and without subjecting gay persons to indignities when they seek goods and services in an open market.”