By Samantha Grant
A Colorado baker refused service to a same-sex couple seeking a wedding cake due to the baker’s religious views.
Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop and the baker who dismissed the couple’s order, claimed that his religious beliefs were behind the bakery’s policy to deny service to same-sex couples.
A Colorado judge ruled that the bakery illegally discriminated against the couple. Colorado law states that public businesses cannot refuse service based on factors such as race, sex or sexual orientation, or marital status.
However, Phillips appealed the ruling and brought his case to the Supreme Court. The Court is expected to make a decision on the case some time next year, and will need to balance two sets of rights: those of same-sex couples, who are entitled to the same human rights, including public services, that are offered to the rest of the general public; and those of religious people and companies, who resent that the government makes them choose between honoring their faith or protecting their livelihoods.