After the Supreme Court ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission favoring religious liberty, Iowa Democrat Gubernatorial Primary frontrunner Fred Hubbell said of legislation to protect religious liberty, “I’m not going to allow that kind of law to get passed in our state.”
Shane Vander Hart: While the Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission is a win for religious liberty, it is very narrow, and I have two concerns about Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion that have negative implications.
With a critical victory at the U.S. Supreme Court and two other cases in progress there, Alliance Defending Freedom action in defense of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of conscience—including artistic freedom—is having far-reaching effects for the good of all Americans.
Money quote from Justice Anthony Kennedy: “…the state in its position here has neither been tolerant nor respectful of Mr. Phillips religious beliefs.”
Jack Phillips, a Christian baker who declined to make a cake for a same-sex wedding ceremony, who was compared to a Nazi by a state government official.
The Supreme Court will decide if Christian florists, bakers, photographers, etc. can be compelled to provide services for same-sex wedding ceremonies.
Liberty Counsel notes that Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch takes the bench just in time to vote on several high-profile cases.