Limited Win for Baker in Gay Rights Feud

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A Colorado baker got a limited win today in a case that pitted the First Amendment against anti-discrimination laws protecting LGBT consumers.

The Colorado Civil Right Commission’s hostility to the baker’s religious beliefs was inconsistent with the First Amendment, the Supreme Court said.

The result avoids deciding when one is entitled to a religious exemption from anti-discrimination laws.

Here, the baker, Jack Phillips, refused to decorate a wedding cake for two men, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, because he has religious objections to same-sex marriage.

The case is Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colo. Civil Rights Comm., U.S., No. 16-111, 6/4/18.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson in Washington at krobinson@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jessie Kokrda Kamens at jkamens@bloomberglaw.com