Wednesday, December 6, 2017

SCOTUS Hears 'Gay-Cake' Arguments

Yesterday, the Supreme court of the United States of America heard arguments in a case that has caused heavy debate regarding freedom and discrimination.  This case involves a baker from Colorado who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in the year 2012. The case has been a topic of debate for years. The premise of the debate is whether or not a business has the right to deny service based on religious convictions. Jack Phillips, the baker from Colorado who was sued by the gay couple argues that he has religious freedom to exercise his conscience in the way that he wants. He felt that baking a cake for a same-sex couple would violate his religious convictions that so-called same-sex marriage is against God and Christian beliefs.  By baking the cake for the same-sex couple, he argued that he would be violating his beliefs by validating the so-called same-sex marriage.

The state of Colorado placed heavy penalties on Pillips for his refusal to bake the cake. Today, Justice Kennedy of the Supreme Court seemed to have given a glimpsed as to where he is going to go in regards to his decision. He questioned lawyers for the same-sex couple as to whether their position was tolerant and fair. He said:

"Counselor, tolerance is essential in a free society. And tolerance is most meaningful when it's mutual.  It seems to me that the state in its position here has been neither tolerant nor respectful of Mr. Phillips' religious beliefs."

Alito also called the actions of Colorado unfair since so-called same-sex marriage was not legal when the baker was targeted by the state's attorneys for alleged discrimination. The court is expected to make a final decision next June in 2018. Many Americans are hoping that they side with the baker because forcing a business to violate religious convictions would be a violation of the Constitution.  The government cannot regulate religion.


Source:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/supreme-court-wedding-cake-case-142726839.html

https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/cc4bf3bb-5b43-31fc-a36c-822d1f6eb742/ss_colorado-baker-case-at.html

https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/justices-dispute-over-wedding-cake-gay-couple-071047666--politics.html

https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/6b4b06db-5eb3-3339-9416-b1c1e830f429/ss_the-true-statement-about.html

https://www.yahoo.com/news/case-cake-shop-denying-gay-151515173.html


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