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Supreme Court to hear same-sex wedding cake case

Jack Phillips, the owner of the Masterpiece Cakes refused to serve same-sex couples.
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The Daily Signal

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is going to hear a case between a same-sex couple and a religious business owner in Colorado who refuses to bake a wedding cake for LGBT community members.

On Monday, the justices said they are going to consider whether the baker can refuse to make cakes for couples based on his religious beliefs.

They will hear the arguments in the fall. 

Jack Phillips, the owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo.,  is charged with violating the state's anti-discrimination laws which state that public businesses cannot refuse services to customers based on sexual orientation. 

The state commission agreed that his refusal to make the cake was discriminatory, but he appealed the decision based on his 1st Amendment right to exercise his religious freedom.  

In 2012, Phillips was approached by Charles Craig and David Mullins and asked to make a cake for their reception. Phillips politely declined.

The baker decided to change his services and removed wedding cakes from his menu entirely. 

The case, according to the Associated Press will ask the high court to consider the baker’s religious rights as well as the couple’s rights to equal treatment under the law.

The Supreme Court’s decision to hear the case comes just after conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch joins the high court.