Monday, June 26, 2017

Colorado Baker's Denial of Wedding Cake Order From Gay Couple Based Upon Freedom of Religion to be Decided by the U.S. Supreme Court

The Gay Wedding Cake Dilemma Reaches the United States Supreme Court

May They Have Their Cake and Eat it Too?
Bakers throughout the world have sought to refuse gay customers the right to eat their delicious treats on the grounds that making such a cake would offend their religious beliefs.  So far, bakers have not had a great deal of success. Now, the Supreme Court will decide things once and for all, at least in the United States.

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May Private Business Discriminate Against Customers Because of their Color, Sex, Disability, Age, Religious Beliefs and/or Sexual Preference?  Colorado Civil Rights Statute Says NO

A bakery in Colorado who refused to make a wedding cake requested by a gay couple was found to have violated Colorado's civil rights statute. Click Here for images and background.

Now, these United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear the matter.

It is an interesting case -- the right to express one's religious beliefs by refusing to bake a cake for a gay couple because it offends one's religious beliefs versus the right of gay couples to be free from discrimination.

Traditionally, civil rights statutes have prohibited discrimination by government entities and employers. It is only been recently that some states have extended civil rights protection to customers of private businesses. I think the first time this came to into Americans consciousness had to do with the tradition of the famed Augusta National to deny membership to female applicants.

Same-Sex Couples Seek Equal Privileges 
Click Here for a Comprehensive Overview of LGBT Rights in the United States - at Both the State and Federal Levels

Although the United States legislature has yet to pass many statutes prohibiting discrimination by private businesses when it comes to who they may agree to service or not service, many states have taken this step. Now, we will get a view into how SCOTUS views the extension of civil right protections to customers of private business establishments.

Not long ago, the Belfast, Ireland, high court considered a similar matter and ruled against the bakery.

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