READ: Oral Arguments of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

Cake Shop Case

The U.S. Supreme Court held oral arguments today for Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which will decide whether Christian baker Jack Phillips had the right to discriminate against a same-sex couple in 2012. Phillips refused to make the gay couple a wedding cake, citing religious reasons.

Phillips argues that cake decorating is "creative expression" and is protected by the First Amendment. The case has been compared to the landmark 1968 civil rights case, Newman v. Piggie Park Enterprises, in which the owner of a South Carolina barbecue restaurant refused to serve people of color based on his religious beliefs. 

Read the full transcript below.

MASTERPIECE CAKESHOP v. COLORADO CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION Oral Arguments 

 

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