Supreme Court: Your Bakery Doesn’t Have to Bake a Gay Wedding Cake
The US Supreme Court Just handed down a 7-2 decision in favor of the baker in Masterpiece Cakeshop, LTD v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, saying that the baker had the first amendment right to not bake and decorate a wedding cake for a gay couple as that violated his sincerely held religious beliefs.
What does this mean for your business?
Most likely nothing. The decision is very narrowly tailored to where strongly held religious beliefs clash with other civil rights. The court was careful to note that the baker was willing to make a birthday cake for the gay couple, but not a wedding cake, as he felt that would violate his religious beliefs.
They pointed out that no one would expect that a “member of the clergy who objects to gay marriage on moral and religious grounds” could be “compelled to perform the ceremony without denial of his or her right to the free exercise of religion.” Yet, we wouldn’t want to extend that protection to everyone and everything related to marriage. Could a chair rental company refuse to rent chairs to a wedding they disagreed with?
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