The U.S. Supreme Court handed a significant victory to Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood on Monday over the same-sex wedding cake dispute of 2012, back when gay marriage wasn’t even legal in Colorado.
It’s not a landmark ruling that will have any affect on same-sex marriage.
Rather, the decision was a major slap across the jowls of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, determining they actually discriminated in their decision against the bakery owners in showing hostility towards one religion.
Liberals are probably feeling a little red-cheeked too, because the concurring opinion was written by the leftist-loving Justice Elena Kagan. But that should give them heart this decision was based on valid arguments and points of law.
The Supremes determined the gay couple was not refused service and could have purchased any bakery item — they were denied a customized cake due to deeply held religious beliefs.
The court found it was the Colorado commission that was “neither tolerant nor respectful.”
“As the record shows, some of the commissioners at the commission’s formal, public hearings endorsed the view that religious beliefs cannot legitimately be carried into the public sphere or commercial domain, disparaged (Jack) Phillips’ faith as despicable and characterized it as merely rhetorical, and compared his invocation of his sincerely held religious beliefs to defenses of slavery and the Holocaust.”
It’s a good decision and we plan to celebrate it, with cake.