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US Supreme Court Orders Second Argument in Deportation Case

Phillips told the couple in 2012 that due to his Christian beliefs, he had a store policy to deny service to customers who wanted to purchase cakes for celebrating same-sex marriage. The state court had ruled that refusing to serve the couple violated the state’s public accommodations law, which bans such discrimination.Jack Phillips, the owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., is charged with violating the state’s anti-discrimination laws which state that public businesses can not refuse services to customers based on sexual orientation.The owner, Jack Phillips, has said his religion prohibits him from providing cakes for same-sex weddings, and he won’t make baked goods for Halloween celebrations or anything that’s “adult-themed”, either.The court took up an appeal by Jack Phillips, a baker who runs Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, just outside Denver, of a state court ruling that his refusal violated a Colorado anti-discrimination law. Discrimination is discrimination, no matter the motivation, and hopefully the Supreme Court will agree when deliberations on the case begin.”I think the Supreme Court recognizes the stakes are very high, and we hope to persuade the court and ultimately prevail on the grounds that the First Amendment protects every artist”, said ADF attorney Nicolle Martin. Even though Colorado did not legalize gay marriage until 2014, the couple was planning to go to MA to elope. “Businesses should not be allowed to violate the law and discriminate against us because of who we are and who we love”, said Mullins.Advocates for the LGBT community see the case as simply an issue of basic rights. In other words, religious-liberty advocates have reason to be hopeful, but not necessarily to assume that they’re heading for a win – yet, anyway.Since then, the court has ruled that marriage is a fundamental right and marriage licenses can not be denied to same-sex couples nationwide. That’s because religious freedom doesn’t give anyone the right to discriminate against or harm other people.The Colorado case is likely to become one of the court’s most contentious cases next term.The Christian bakery in OR that waged a court battle against anti-discrimination rules was earlier this year trying to avoid paying legal costs – despite donors giving them several times the full amount. “Same-sex couples like David [Mullins] and Charlie [Craig] deserve to be treated with the same dignity and respect as anyone else”, said James Esseks, director of the ACLU’s LGBT Project.