HOT MIC: Supreme Court Rules on Trump Travel Ban, Religious Liberty

HOT MIC: Supreme Court Rules on Trump Travel Ban, Religious Liberty

Religious liberty or LGBT civil rights?

The Supreme Court will consider Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission in the fall. In the case, Colorado baker Jack Phillips refused to bake a cake to celebrate a homosexual wedding in 2012.

On one hand, conservatives would argue that Phillips had a triple First Amendment right to do so. He had the right to free speech, to avoid an artistic action which could be seen as an endorsement of something he doesn't believe in. He had the right to free association, to avoid associating with the LGBT movement in this way. He had the right of free exercise of religion, to live and do business by the dictates of his own conscience.

On the other hand, liberals (and the ACLU) would argue that Phillips was engaging in unlawful discrimination against the gay couple on the basis of their sexual orientation. The problem is, Phillips wasn't refusing to serve them as people, rather it was the specific event with which he disagreed.

Expect a lively Court session in the fall.