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Supreme Court takes on new clash of gay rights, religion

The owner of a Colorado bakery who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple back in 2012 will have his day in the highest court in the land, after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed today to hear his appeal.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which represents the same-sex couple who initially filed the complaint against the baker, reacted to the court's decision on Monday, saying businesses should be open to every member of the public.

In 2012, Lakewood, Colorado bakery owner Jack Phillips rejected a request to create a wedding cake for David Mullins and Charlie Craig, a gay couple marrying in MA. They had planned to marry in MA, where same-sex marriage was legal at the time, and hold a reception in Colorado.

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The next big Supreme Court case on LGBTQ rights also involves cake.

The case will be heard in the fall, and it could have a wide impact regarding the clash between religious freedom on the LGBT agenda, including laws that add "sexual orientation" and "gender identity".

The U.S. Supreme court struck down an Arkansas law that treated same-sex parents differently than opposite-sex parents on birth certificates.

He said that gays and lesbians "deserve to receive equal service in places of public accommodation".

The Supreme Court announced on Monday that it will hear a constitutional challenge to Colorado's LGBTQ nondiscrimination statute next term.

The case began in 2012 when David Mullins and Charlie Craig wanted to purchase a cake from Phillips for their wedding in MA.

The petition for certiorari asking the Supreme Court to take up the case had been sitting before the Supreme Court without action for almost a whole year.

Phillips argues that he turned away Charlie Craig and David Mullins not because they are gay, but because their wedding violated Phillips' religious belief.

A Colorado appeals court in 2015 ruled against Phillips, arguing his company would "not convey a message supporting same-sex marriages merely by abiding by the law and serving its customers equally".

The brief suggests that Mullins and Craig could have bought their cake elsewhere. It wasn't until 2014 that Colorado allowed same-sex couples to legally marry.

"The issue relies on whether one can rely on one's religious beliefs as a license to exempt yourself from laws that apply to everyone else", he said. At the same time, several states have enacted so-called "religious freedom" laws that protect businesses and individuals who discriminate against LGBT Americans.


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