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Justices side with Colorado baker on same-sex wedding cake

1 year 1 month 2 weeks ago Monday, June 04 2018 Jun 4, 2018 June 04, 2018 9:27 AM June 04, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Photo: The Seattle Times

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is setting aside a Colorado court ruling against a baker who wouldn't make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

But the court is not deciding the big issue in the case, whether a business can refuse to serve gay and lesbian people. The justices' limited ruling Monday turns on what the court described as anti-religious bias on the Colorado Civil Rights Commission when it ruled against baker Jack Phillips.

The justices voted 7-2 that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated Phillips' rights under the First Amendment. Justice Anthony Kennedy says in his majority opinion that the issue "must await further elaboration." Appeals in similar cases are pending, including one at the Supreme Court from a florist who didn't want to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding.

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