The Supreme Court “Wedding Cake” Decision:
We Dodged The Bullet
It could have turned out horribly different with the Court deciding to side on those who would use their religious beliefs to discriminate against us, as Trump’s people wanted, which could have brought an end to our fight for full civil rights.
But although the majority of the justices gave the narrow win to the baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple because men getting married was against the Bible, they emphasized the importance that civil rights, the rights of everyone of us, usurp any one individual’s religious rights.
As Justice Kennedy wrote in the ruling, “such objections do not allow business owners and other actors in the economy and in society to deny protected persons equal access to goods and services under a neutral and generally applicable public accommodations law.”
So why did the Court rule in favor of baker then? Because when the case went before the liberal Colorado Civil Rights Commission, one commission member scolded the baker for rejecting the gay couple’s request for a wedding cake on religious grounds, an argument he said had been used to justify slavery, the Holocaust and all sorts of other discrimination.
Interesting enough this was the second ruling in which Gorsuch, the conservative justice appointed by Trump, sided with the liberal members of the Court.
But though we may have dodged the bullet, only a minority of the states – 22 – have laws forbidding businesses from discriminating based on sexual orientation. Federal law does not.
And guess who runs the White House and Congress right now.