WASHINGTON -The US Supreme Court ruled in favor of a baker from Colorado, who in 2012, on a religious basis, refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.
The judges voted with 7 votes in favor and 2 against, stating that the Civil Rights Commission in Colorado violated the rights of baker Jack Phillips, in accordance with the First Amendment of the US Constitution for Freedom of Expression, accusing Philips of violating anti-discrimination laws of that federal state.
The verdict states that “laws and the Constitution may, and in certain cases, must protect gay and gay couples in the exercise of their civil rights, but religious and philosophical remarks on same-sex marriages are protected views and in some cases, protected forms of expression “.
Colorado is one of the 22 US states that prohibit discrimination based on sexual discrimination.
This is exactly what allowed the couple to get a case before the Civil Rights Commission, after which she filed a lawsuit against the baker. However, the Supreme Court’s ruling states that the Commission was biased against Philips.
Kristen Clark, president and chief executive of the Bar Association for Civil Rights, called the court’s decision “catastrophic” and “seriously unfavorable for those who believe in equality in this country”.
Kristen Wagoner, of the Alliance for Freedom Defense, a conservative Christian organization that filed a petition with the Supreme Court on behalf of Philips, said the decision “clearly shows that the government must respect Philips’s beliefs about marriage.”