A Gay Couple, A Cake, and A Supreme Court Case

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In July 2012, after being legally wed in Massachusetts, same-sex couple Charlie Craig and David Mullins visited Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver, Colorado to order a custom wedding cake. Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, refused to bake the cake, saying that he was “being forced to use [his] creativity, [his] talents and [his] art for an event … that violates [his] religious faith.”

Craig and Mullins filed a lawsuit against Phillips and his cake shop, citing discrimination based on sexual orientation; the State court sided with Craig and Mullins. Phillips appealed, but the State’s decision was upheld by the Colorado Supreme Court.

In July 2016, Phillips petitioned the Supreme Court for review (certiorari) of the state’s decision. The Supreme Court is expected to hear the case in its Fall 2017 term, under the case name Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

Campus Liberal by Matthew Cunningham: https://thestute.com/2017/10/27/being-gay-and-not-getting-a-piece-of-the-cake/

Campus Conservative by Alex Murtagh: https://thestute.com/2017/10/27/is-religion-a-valid-exemption

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Matthew Cunningham
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