US Justice Dept. takes baker’s side in gay wedding cake case before Supreme Court

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Scott Shackford writes at Reason:

The Department of Justice under President Donald Trump is taking the side of a Colorado baker who declined to make a cake for a gay couple.

The baker, Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Bakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, is the plaintiff in a case scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court this fall. The state’s civil rights commission ruled that Phillips violated Colorado’s public accommodations law and engaged in discrimination for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

Phillips has argued that his religious beliefs oppose same-sex marriage recognition. Forcing him to make a wedding cake for a gay couple was compelling him to participate in the couple’s wedding and that the act of crafting a wedding cake—not merely just selling one—is expressive activity protected by the First Amendment.

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