Supreme Court Takes Gay Wedding Cake Refusal Case

Supreme Court justices voted Monday to hear the appeal from the owner of a Colorado bakery.

When businesses open their doors to the public, they must open them to everyone on the same terms, regardless of race, color, national origin, disability, or - under many state laws - sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

The ACLU said it welcomed the Supreme Court battle, tweeting: "Same-sex couples deserve to be treated with the same dignity and respect as anyone else".

The Obama government challenged the case to the Supreme Court, arguing that such people already have certain rights to protect them and that expanding those rights requires Congress to act with new legislation, not a court ruling.

The same-sex couple filed a complaint against Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado after Phillips refused to design a cake for their wedding reception in 2012.

The US Supreme Court's action came after Republican President Donald Trump's appointee Neil Gorsuch joined the court on April 10, restoring its 5-4 conservative majority.

The justices said Tuesday they will review a lower court ruling against the state.

The two men from Colorado flew to MA to get married but then returned home to celebrate their vows with friends in Colorado.

The court will hear the appeal during its fall session.

The key to the outcome of similar cases appears to hinge on whether states have laws barring discrimination against gays and lesbians, or whether they have laws protecting religious liberty. Even when a business owner's religious beliefs may motivate her to discriminate, that doesn't justify an exemption from our civil rights laws.

In August 2015, Colorado's Court of Appeals ruled against Phillips and the state's Supreme Court subsequently refused to hear the case, prompting Phillips to appeal to the US Supreme Court. Trying to dress up discrimination as a matter of biological fact hasn't worked too well in the past for others, and it's not going to work here. Ray Lesniak, a Democrat who has long pushed for legalization of sports gambling, said a win in the Supreme Court would boost the fortunes of Atlantic City casinos.

Advocates for the LGBT community see the case as simply an issue of basic rights.

Phillips didn't get much work done Monday between granting news interviews and receiving a steady stream of support - including from one man who donated several hundred dollars for Phillips' legal expenses.