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Jun 04 2018
No Gays Allowed: SCOTUS Rules For Anti-Gay Baker Comments (0)

ImageDavid Mullins & Charlie Craig originally brought the suit (Image via Mullins & Craig)

In a widely expected setback to LGBTQ rights, the U.S. Supreme Court — in a 7-2 decision — has ruled in favor of Masterpiece Bakery and Jack Phillips, a Colorado baker who had refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple based on his religious beliefs, and who was subjected to punishment for it under Colorado law.

he only silver lining: It is not a definitive ruling on the topic of when businesses may seek exemptions from non-discrimination laws if they're citing religious objections.

Via Huff Post:

Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer were the liberals who disappointed in siding with the others on the Court, including Kennedy, who authored the ruling. Kennedy wrote:

The commission’s hostility was inconsistent with the First Amendment’s guarantee that our laws be applied in a manner that is neutral toward religion ... The outcome of cases like this in other circumstances must await further elaboration in the courts, 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.

Gee, thanks, Kennedy — you don't want gay people subjected to indignities, but if you want a cake baked and it's the only bakery in town, how is that not an indignity? To be refused service is an indignity.

The slippery slope is smeared with frosting.