Franklin Graham: Bakery Ruling 'Huge Win for Religious Freedom'

05 June, 2018, 04:59 | Author: Kim Reid
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"Phillips was entitled to a neutral decision maker who would give full and fair consideration to his religious objection as he sought to assert it in all of the circumstances in which this case was presented, considered, and decided".

The decision is expected to have wide-reaching ramifications for similar cases around the country involving Christians who have objected to being forced to provide services for gay weddings.

She's appealed to the U.S. "I strongly disagree, however, with the court's conclusion that Craig and Mullins should lose this case".

"It was about all people- no matter who they are - having the right to celebrate their love without facing discrimination", DNC Chair Tom Perez said in an emailed statement.

It sided with Craig and Mullins, as did the Colorado Court of Appeals. "That's what we see happening in all these cases", said Jeremy Tedesco of Alliance Defending Freedom.

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The Arizona-based group also is representing Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker.

The verdict said the commission had shown "clear hostility" and implied religious beliefs "are less than fully welcome in Colorado's business community".

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz also applauded the verdict on Twitter, saying the court upheld the baker's "right to live according to his faith".

Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed sued Stutzman in a case that went to the state Supreme Court, where justices ruled that Baronelle Stutzman of Arlene's Flowers in Richland violated the state's anti-discrimination law and the Consumer Protection Act.

"Our State Supreme Court unanimously agreed that I have the authority to bring this case as did a trial court judge in Eastern Washington", said Ferguson.

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In a 7-2 decision, the justices said that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had shown "impermissible hostility" toward religion when it found that the baker, Jack Phillips, violated anti-discrimination laws by refusing to bake the requested cake.

SCOTUS reversed the decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, based on concerns specific to the case. Nor were they mentioned in the later state-court ruling or disavowed in the briefs filed here.

"The official expressions of hostility to religion in some of the commissioners' comments-comments that were not disavowed at the Commission or by the State at any point in the proceedings that led to affirmance of the order-were inconsistent with what the Free Exercise Clause requires", Kennedy's opinion stated. The commissioner seemed "neither tolerant nor respectful of Mr. Phillips' religious beliefs", Kennedy said in December.

That same sentiment coursed through his opinion on Monday (local time).

In doing so, the commission violated his religious rights under the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

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Two liberal justices, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan, joined the conservatives in the majority ruling on the most significant case for gay rights since the high court approved same-sex marriage.

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