The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of Colorado baker who objected to making a cake for a gay couple’s wedding.
The justices ruled 7-2 against the state of Colorado, reversing a ruling from the Colorado Court of Appeals in one of the court’s most high-profile cases of the term. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.
The justices were tasked with determining whether Colorado’s public accommodations law violated Phillips’ free speech rights, as the baker’s lawyers argued it forced Phillips to engage in speech that violated his religious beliefs.
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling legalizing gay marriage, florists, bakers, photographers and other business owners nationwide have been embroiled in legal challenges after turning down wedding services to same-sex couples due to their religious beliefs.
Courts often rule against the business owners, though, due to state laws that require businesses to serve customers regardless of sexual orientation.
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